New Zealand Regions
Each region in New Zealand is different with activities for all ages. Apart from the hundreds of golf courses, miles of coastline, deep cool lakes and raging rivers, fertile alluvial plains, they are interspersed with high snow-covered mountains, pristine rain forest, rolling farmlands and plantation forestry.
We arrange your golf tour by grouping the attractions of each region you wish to visit into a unique and singularly enjoyable experience. Each region has its focus, whether it is fishing, skiing, bush walks, sight seeing, thrill adventures or wine and cuisine. We will arrange everything for you from golf to the activites you will enkoy as you travel through the regions.
New Zealanders are known the world over for their entreprenual flair, their inventiveness, their love of life and love of the great outdoors. This makes New Zealand the place to visit, the place to experience that unique vacation experience.
New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific Ocean with a population of just over four million, and offers you the variety and excitement most can only dream of. Its size is approximately the same as Japan, with a huge contrast of activities and scenery within relatively short distances.
Northland is the northern most region of New Zealand, with a sub-tropical climate. With twin coasts, one adjacent to the Tasman Sea and the other to the Pacific Ocean, the region provides some of the best boating opportunities in the country.
The seas are abundant with fish - commercial species such as snapper, small game fish such as Kingfish and of course the deep water big game fish such as tuna and marlin.
On the east coast, some three and a half hours north of Auckland is the beautiful Bay of Islands. Apart from the natural beauty of this area, a large bay with many islands and superb beaches, this area is seeped in history. It is the birthplace of our Nation, and the location of the first European settlement. Standing in Waitangi, overlooking the bay is the Treaty house where you can experience up close our cultural heritage and the traditions of the Maori people.
This area is also the location of the first landing of the Maori people, who sailed in large canoes across the Pacific. This togetherness with the sea has remained a feature of new Zealand life.
The region is home to two resort golf courses, both different and both well worth a visit.
Kauri Cliffs, some 45 minutes north of the Bay of Islands is the top ranked course in the country at No 49 in the world. Built on the cliff tops, it overlooks the Pacific Ocean and gives superb panaramic views up and down the coast. On site is superb accommodation and all the facilities you would expect from a top class resort.
Carrington Club, some 60 minutes further north is the northern most resort course in New Zealand. Like Kauri Cliffs it has superb accommodation on site with all the facilities you would expect.
Apart from the two golf resorts, there are a number of truly exquisite lodges and specialty accommodations and international standard complexes.
The region has plenty to see and do. The native forests are alive with bird life, easily observed as you hike through the bush.
You will also find the might Kauri - the largest trees in our forests. These giants of the forest were milled in the early days for building, decorative panelling in houses and as replacement spas and masts for many of the sailing ships that visited.
Auckland, the city of sails is New Zealand's biggest city. Nestled between two harbours, it is the commercial centre of New Zealand and its geographical layout is ideal for the many leisure activities enjoyed by Kiwis.
The Waitamata Harbour exits into the Hauraki Gulf, providing a superb water playground for the very large pleasure fleet. The sailing is internationally rated, with this region developing many of the top sailers of the world.
This was the home of the Americas Cup and the waterfront of Auckland City has been developed into a miriad of bars and restaurants and the departure point for many on the water excursions available from the city.
The region is home to two Country Club golf resorts, both different and both well worth a visit, as well as a number of excellent club golf courses.
Gulf Harbour Country Club , some 45 minutes north of the central city has hosted the World Cup of Golf and the 2005 NZ Open, an event on the prestigious European PGA Tour.
Built on the cliff tops, it overlooks the Hauraki Gulf and gives superb panoramic views up and down the coast. The course is generous but requires both length and accuracy to master.
Formosa Auckland Country Club, some 45 minutes south of the central city. This overlooks the southern reaces of the Hauraki Gulf as is built in the style of Augusta National, the venue for the Masters Championship.
Apart from the two golf resorts, there are a number of truly exquisite lclub golf courses which have hosted the NZ Open in the past. These have their own character and any one of them is an enjoyable golfing experience..
You can experience the uniqueness of this region when you take your ExtravagaNZa golf tour to Auckland.
Bay of Plenty & Thermal Region
The Bay of Plenty & Thermal region spreads from the Coromanel in the north through to Lake Taupo and Rotorua in the east.
South of Lake Taupo is the Tongariro National Park, a mountain playground for climbers, hikkers and snow skiiers in the winter.
To the west is the Waikato, one of the major dairying regions in New Zealand and the world renown Waitomo Glowworm Caves. These limestone caves are well worth a visit and for the brave, try blackwater rafting - shooting the underground rivers.
The Rotorua area is well known for the expanses of volcanic and thermal activity that is able to be experienced up close. This is unique and you can see how the world was formed and feel the power. Natural mineral thermal pools will soak away all those aches.
Golf resort courses in the region are a contrast. There is Wairakei International Golf Course, the original international standard resort course and still one of the best.
Lakes Resort on the Coromandel Peninsula is built in natural wetlands and its playing surface is to be seen to be believed.
The brand new Kinloch course, on the lake adjacent to Taupo township, designed by Jack Nicklaus will open this year.
In addition to these three golf courses, there are others worthy of a round. Mt Maunganui at Tauranga is in a links style and very well maintained. Taupo Centennial is another, which with the two resort courses makes time in Taupo all the more special.
This region is also a fisherman's paradise. From the coast you can access the rich off shore fishing including the big game marlin and tuna.
Inland are the lakes and rivers for trophy sized Rainbow and Brown Trout. We will arrange your guides to make the most of the opportunity.
Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
This region spreads down the east coast and encompasses the lower portion of the North Island and the top of the South.
New Zealand wines have come a long way in a short space of time and celebrate international awards for excellence. New Zealand was recently voted the best emerging wine region in the world.
The northern area encompasses the Hawkes Bay wine region where the long sunshine produces superb chardonnay, cabernet and merlot style wines.
Near Wellington is the Martinborough wine area, famous for it pinot noir but also with strong chardonnay and pinot gris styles.
Across Cook Strait is Marlborough - the largest wine region and known for its sauvignon blanc styles and to its west, Nelson, more known for the boutique wineries.
There are any number of excellent golf courses in the region with the main resort style course being Cape Kidnappers. Set high on the cliffs overlooking the bay, this golf course has to be one of the most spectacular in the world and one of the more demanding challenges of golf.
Around Wellington is the Paraparaumu Beach links, which has been rated consistently in the top 100 courses of the world. Also in the Wellington area are two other club courses of note. Royal Wellington Golf Club, with its championship layout and the Hutt Golf Club, ExtravagaNZa's home course and rated as the toughest layout in the district.
In the Hawkes Bay in the heart of the wine country are the Napier Golf Club and Bridge Pa, both well maintained and a pleasure to play.
Wellington is the capital city and the centre for live theatre and the home to Te Papa, the contemporary National Museum. Crossing the Cook Strait by ferry or by air takes you through the Marlborough Sounds and into the Marlbough wine region. A few hours drive and you are in Nelson and near the coastal Abel Tasman National Park. Here are preserved coastal forests and seal colonies for your enjoyment. Sea kayaking here is often a popular diversion.
You can experience the uniqueness of this region when you take your ExtravagaNZa golf tour down the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.
Christchurch to Queenstown
This region brings in the majority of the South island, with the focus around Christchurch and West Coast.
The main geographical features are the Southern Alps, running up the island like a spine and the attendant rivers and lakes.
The Southern Alps is a focus and provides the backdrop wherever you are. Not only does it provide superb skiing in winter and great hikking opportunities but also taking chartered flights along the spine, around the mountains to land on the glaciers is not to missed.
North of Christchurch at Kaikoura, you can go whale watching. These giants of the deep are close in-shore and can be viewed from a boat or from the air.
The rivers that cross the plains are there for the fishermen. Salmon and trout just waiting for you to arrive.
Around Christchurch are two golf resorts, both outstanding and both different. These are complemented by a number of good standard club courses each giving their own challenge.
Clearwater Resort close to Christchurch city is has the highest course rating in New Zealand and hosts the NZ PGA, an event on the second tier PGA Tour.
Terrace Downs High Country Resort is in the foothills of the Southern Alps not far from the Mt Hutt ski field. This long, interesting and challenging course boasts one of the best layouts and has a superb playing surface.
The club courses worth a visit in clude the Shirley links and Russley. Both are in good order and a golfing challenge.
For something different, take the Alpine Express from Christchurch to the West Coast of the South Island. This area is different - from the pancake rocks to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, you will get a different perspective of New Zealand.
Around Christchurch are small wine regions which produce unique and good quality wines. These wineries are well worth a visit.
Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. This is where bungy was invented. From here you can access the Milford Sounds, jet boat up rivers into the back country, cruise around the lakes, fish for trout or salmon, pan for gold, parapente off the mountain and of course ski in winter.
Queenstown is on the northern shore of Lake Wakatipu, with the towering Remarkables Range as a backdrop.
There are a number of ski fields in the area, the best known of which are Coronet Peak, the Remarkables and Cardrona.
Nearby is Arrowtown, a golf mining town from yesteryear that has been restored to reflect the past.
The two main rivers, used for rafting and jetboating are the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers.
Around Queenstown are a number of golf courses, some outstanding and all different.
The resort golf course is Millbrook Resort - great golf and a great place to stay. The course is undulating with every hole presenting a different golfing challenge. It is long but with generous fairways.
Nearby is the Queentown Golf Club's Kelvin Heights golf course. This is bounded on three sides by the lake, with the Remarkables Range as a backdrop. The course is undulating and well maintained giving a good test of golf with absolutely stunning vies.
In the vicinity are a number of others, Arrowtown being unique as you play amongst the rocky outcrops.
From Queenstown you can easily access Milford Sounds - words cannot describe the experience and pictures do not do it justice. You can also jetboat into the "Lord of the Rings" territory, unspoilt and spectacular.
Around Queenstown are small wine regions which produce unique and good quality wines. These wineries are well worth a visit.