The Māori regard the Northland as the birthplace of the country and it holds great significance for the entire nation. In 1840 the country was founded by the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and many historic buildings remain as a result of these early settlers.

In addition to its history the Northland is well suited for the golf traveler throughout the year. As it is the farthest point north (and thus closer to the equator) it shares currents with the Polynesian islands and boasts the highest average temperature of the country- about 63 degrees F in the winter and 75 degrees F in the summer.

Many golfers who visit New Zealand will focus on the world-renown Kauri Cliffs, but if afforded more time the region provides additional experiences which are both cost-effective and uniquely Kiwi.

Kaitaia GC

Located next to 90-mile beach, a destination which attracts thousands to the 'Winterless North' that is the Northland, Kaitaia is a true links course complete with mountains that fade into a beautiful sprawling sand beach

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

#49 "World's 100 Greatest Courses" - Golf Digest, 2016

Carrington Estate

Located on a massive resort on the Karikari peninsula this course is both modern in length and design

Waitangi Golf Club

Elevated above the Bay of Islands this course offers both a challenge and beautiful views of the sea during play

Waipu Golf Club

Adjacent to Bream Bay this local gem is always in excellent shape and a perfect for a round of golf and small bite to eat on the drive between Auckland and the Northland.

Mangawhai Golf Club

A beautiful links course located near one of the regions's famous beaches renown for surfing

Customer reviews

Highlights Of The Trip: Getting off the plane in Queenstown – overwhelmed with the beauty. The boat ride in Queenstown to experience the expansiveness.

The drive from Queenstown to Franz Joseph - the mountains and glacier lakes that went on forever. Our lunch spot that day at a campsite on a lake. Abel Tasman: this is where I want to return and spend a week to hike the entire trail. Spent the day biking in Napier to wineries.

—Mary Jean Seyda, Chapel Hill, NC

It was a trip of a lifetime with truly unique beauty not found anywhere else. A New Zealand trip requires a specialist who knows the lay of the land the unique challenges of traveling and sight-seeing there.

The country looks a lot smaller than it really is, and travel times are longer than one can assume.

The route chosen by Cristina helped us maximize our time there. I’m usually a do it yourself traveler, but for this trip I’m sure glad I had Cristina at Best of New Zealand.

—Dawn Paling, Highland Ranch, CO