Central North Island

A trip to New Zealand would not be complete without leaving the more populated city-centers and experiencing the abundant natural scenery the country has to offer inland. 

The center of the North Island is known for being the home of heart-racing adventure experiences (mountain biking, downhill luge, white water rafting, etc.) in addition to spas which feature relaxation opportunities in naturally-heated thermal pools. 

Golfing in this region can range from top courses along Lake Taupo in addition to seaside tracks.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

High atop a windswept plateau, this former farmland is now a championship style course and boutique resort. With the Pacific Ocean and famed gannet colony the 5,000-acre property allows guests to experience true Kiwi rugged and rural luxury.

Kinloch Club

This Nicklaus design offers views of both surrounding mountain ranges and Lake Taupo and will challenge even the best golfers in the world.

Wairakei Golf Course & Sanctuary

The first world-renown course in New Zealand, this quintessential Kiwi forest course features a pre-European natural surrounding in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary.

Rotorua Golf Club

Active thermal pools complete with bubbling mud make this 'experience course' unique to New Zealand. Golfers looking to appreciate a piece of New Zealand outside of the super-luxury will understand why Rotorua continues to draw both Kiwi and visitor alike.

The Dunes Golf Resort- Matarangi

Designed by Kiwi golfing legend Sir Bob Charles, this course is enjoyed on holiday by New Zealanders as they visit getaway homes on the Coromandel.

New Plymouth GC (Ngamotu)

Located in the shadow of Mt. Taranaki, Ngamotu is a local course that provides a challenge through both breezes off of the Tasman and elements of the wild West Coast.

Customer reviews

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 P., Highland Ranch, CO

We are near the end of our New Zealand trip. It has been terrific and amazing. Each stop was unique. First at Tara Iti... now Cape Kidnappers. It is perfectly designed and managed. Great staff and service.The golf course is beautiful and the Kiwi hunt very special... Thank for your help in all the planning.

—Jay K., Jackson, WY