7 Day – Luxury Private Guided Golf Holiday with a Local touch – South Island
Experience some of the best local golf courses in the South Island showcasing our culture, community spirit, and country charm in stunning surroundings.
This private guided tour is created for a group of friends or associates that want to enjoy playing golf with a more local feel.
Selected Golf courses are not just about golf, they are selected by our experts for personality, rich history, and/or scenic beauty. While embracing your passion for golf, you will also get to experience some of the most spectacular highlights, including scenic flights in the South Island, and stay at some of the best small boutique lodges in the country.
Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity. Christchurch is the city of exploration, where urban regeneration and heritage thrive. The city is constantly evolving, always giving locals and visitors something new to explore. Expect street art and innovative projects, a bustling hospitality scene and established green spaces. Christchurch is the newest city in the world, and it’s time the world rediscovered its secrets. The central city is filled with cutting-edge architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. The Avon River intersects the city, bringing a natural landscape to the urban environment. Christchurch is the basecamp for South Island exploration, with the Banks Peninsula within reach, as well as the stunning Southern Alps and famed Canterbury Plains.
Steve had a long career as a musician in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, but some years ago, he moved to Wanaka in the beautiful mountains of the South Island. He has driven and guided for several companies, but now devotes his time to Aroha Luxury Tours, and travels all over the country throughout the year. Steve has travelled to many parts of the world and driven extensively all through Europe on countless occasions, but New Zealand is his passion, and he loves to show it to visitors and share his knowledge and stories. He says....." I can't think of a better way to spend a day than with good company, and watching beautiful New Zealand passing by!" In his free time he is a passionate golfer at his home golf course of Wanaka.
Clearwater Golf Club
The Clearwater Golf Course has proven itself as a venue for international professional golf over 13 consecutive years, yet it offers a rewarding experience to all visitors from the six tee choices. Walk in the footsteps of Clearwater graduates such as Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson, Jason Day. Jimmy Walker and most recently Lydia Ko, who in February 2015 posted a course and career record low score of 61 whilst ranked as the World Number 1 female player. With its glistening spring-fed lakes, Clearwater lives up to its name, providing a lush oasis close to the city and Christchurch International Airport that offers a golfing escape and a change of pace that few destinations can match. A magnificent 18-hole course awaits the international traveller and those closer to home. Our members can enjoy the layout as often as they choose, along with an unparalleled member experience where everyone enjoys equal status. The course is complemented by superb practice areas and impressive accompanying facilities including a fleet of modern electric golf carts equipped with GPS.
After your golf, enjoy the best in golfing hospitality in the Member Lounge, savouring the views of the famous closing hole from the comfort of leather lounge chairs, or the wonderful deck area.
Aroha New Zealand Tours LTD (6 days)
Aroha’s guides aren’t just drivers. They are cultured, educated experts who are on hand to provide their advice and expertise and ensure that the people in their care are looked after and have the best holiday possible. They act as both private concierge and personal guide, invested in crafting memorable experiences and showing guests the true New Zealand through authentic experiences. They excel at unobtrusive, intuitive service – quick to jump in when needed, they also know when to slow down and step back and give guests time and space to themselves to relax, take a deep breath, and really soak up their surroundings.
The George Hotel (1 night)
The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Ideally located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon. Perfect for those seeking luxury accommodation in Christchurch just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. The George offers complimentary car parking for guests, electric vehicle charging stations, a Tesla charging station, free Wi-Fi.
Lake Tekapo NZ
Lake Tekapo is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.
Church of the Good Shepherd
On the shores on the lake you'll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. The church was built in 1935 for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie district and is still used as a place of worship. The church is a popular photo spot for visitors - please note that when you visit the church, weddings and services may be taking place, respect is needed from visitors.
The Southern Lights
The southern hemisphere's equivalent of the Northern Lights, Lake Tekapo is one of the best places in New Zealand to see this symphony of colour come to life. Best seen between April and September, Lake Tekapo is known for it's clear nights and lack of light pollution, making it a great viewing destination. Head to Mount John Observatory - perched high in the mountains and south-facing - for your best chance of experiencing this spectacular natural light show.
Geraldine District Golf Club
Fancy a round of golf in pleasant country surroundings? The Geraldine District Golf Club is the place for you. The course called "Denfield" is situated on the Orari Back Road just 5 kms from the center of one of the most attractive rural service towns in Canterbury. The 5544 meter layout is noted for its fine plantings of trees and shrubs, magnificent greens, and wonderful views of the nearby mountains.
Lakestone Lodge (1 night)
Imagine waking up to some of the most stunning views in the country. Imagine sharing a fine wine as the sun sets on Aoraki/Mt Cook and watching its reflection in the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki. Lakestone Lodge is the perfect base for some incredible experiences. We hope that you will come and join us in this spectacular part of the world. The six guest rooms have been stylishly designed with guests in mind and an eye to sustainable living. Double glazing and best practice insulation improve the energy efficiency of each room and ensure that guests remain cosy during their stay. Enjoy the view while soaking in an en-suited room with a luxurious bathtub nestled under the window.
Cromwell was established by gold miners, but now its treasure is stone fruit. Explore nearby ghost towns and soak up the tranquil lakeside scenery. Located on the shores of Lake Dunstan, Cromwell has the appearance of a modern town, but its history stretches back to the gold rush days of the 1800s. This history is best experienced in 'Old Cromwell Town’, a feature attraction for visitors. In the 1980's and 90's Cromwell underwent a major transformation with the construction of the Clyde Dam power station. When the dam was completed in 1992, the valley behind it was flooded to create Lake Dunstan. As a result, the original site of Cromwell's historic business district at the junction of the Kawarau and Clutha Rivers now lies at the bottom of the lake.
The Grand Traverse
The flight of a lifetime, the “Grand Traverse” is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks and shows you the region like no other flight. The Grand Traverse is recognised as the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience and NZ’s “must do” scenic flight; this magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park NZ
Mt Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand, helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense - with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky. Mountaineers regard the area to be the best climbing region in Australasia, while less skilled adventurers find plenty of satisfaction with the mountain walks that lead to alpine tarns, herb fields and spectacular glacier views. Encounters with cheeky kea (mountain parrots) are part of the fun. At 27 kilometres in length, the mighty Tasman Glacier is a powerful piece of landscaping equipment. While it slowly carves the valley sides, it provides a landing place for small ski planes and helicopters. Surreal, milky lakes are a feature of the park - suspended, glacier-ground rock sediment makes the water opaque.
Mt Michael Lodge (2 nights)
Situated equidistant from Queenstown and Wanaka, the Lodge overlooks Lake Dunstan framed by the Pisa, Dunstan and Carrick ranges. Mt Michael Lodge is a perfect spot for celebrating a special occasion or relaxing after a busy day of activities and sightseeing. This is New Zealand boutique bed and breakfast accommodation at its stunning best. Nestled on the corner of a picturesque vineyard producing high quality pinot noir wines, the Lodge is designed as a boutique B&B ensuring you have the very best experience. Each morning we serve a delicious breakfast with a number of options – from light and nutritious, to a hearty selection to fuel your day’s activity.
At 45 kilometres long and covering 193 square kilometres, Lake Wanaka is perfect for jetboaters, sailors and kayakers to explore. Located in the spectacular alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Area, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities. With four distinct seasons, Wanaka is a year-round destination. Summers are hot and dry - perfect for water-sports, hiking and biking. Winters are cool and crisp with four diverse ski areas offering great options for skiers and snowboarders. Spring is the ideal time to get out and explore the lakeside tracks and trails, and the vibrant colours of autumn are perfect for photography.
It’s not just the outdoor enthusiasts who have plenty to do, stroll the streets and be inspired by galleries, stylish shops and be spoilt for choice with a great selection of cool cafes, excellent restaurants, craft breweries, award-winning wineries, and an artisan distillery.
The Cromwell Golf Course:
When touring around the Wanaka and Otago area, check out the Cromwell Golf Club. This visitor-friendly golf club is centered in the town of Cromwell surrounded by mountains and fruit orchards. Plus, it’s super affordable and casual. Home of the NZ Open Final Qualifier, the 18-hole tournament course is widely considered to be one of the best inland links courses and is located further from the sea than any other course in New Zealand.
Cloudy Bay The Shed
Nestled between the bronzed hills of our Northburn Vineyard and the splendid Lake Dunstan, our Central Otago Cellar Door showcases the full range of Cloudy Bay wines. In winter, the burning fireplaces invite visitors to enjoy a tasting flight in a cozy and warm atmosphere, whereas in summer our breathtaking outdoor spaces appeal to those wishing to indulge in a moment of relaxation. A lunch menu is also available to pair with our wines. Be our guest and dive into the best Cloudy Bay experience, in a naturally luxurious environment. One or several experiences can be selected and combined according to your wishes and time availability.
Jack's Point Golf Course & Restaurant
Amongst the top 50 in the world, the number two ranked golf course in New Zealand is Jack’s Point. With a backdrop of 2300 vertical meters of the Remarkables mountain range and an armchair view of outstanding lake panoramas, Jack's Point Golf course is one of the most visually spectacular in the world. As an 18 hole par 72 championship course offers golfers an exciting challenge with five tee positions to choose from, providing all golfers an unforgettable golf experience. Jack's Point is only 20 minutes from downtown Queenstown, the course is open for all visitors to enjoy 7 days a week in season. While this is a private course, we welcome the opportunity to show case our championship course to the golfing fraternity. The course has been designed around the natural landscape, with minimal excavation. The course measures 6388 metres (6986 yards) from the championship tees and is built on the most spectacular of Jack's Point terrain. Designed in harmony with the natural environment, the course weaves through native tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu. The presentation of the course is second to none, which makes Jack’s Point one of the world’s great golfing experiences.
Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most exciting destinations. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun.
Whether you like to indulge your inner explorer or simply relax and enjoy the finer things in life, you'll be able to craft your perfect itinerary from Queenstown, the perfect base for exploring the area. Queenstown sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. It’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name.
Fiordland Lodge Te Anau (2 nights)
Set in a World Heritage Area, Fiordland Lodge in Te Anau offers the discerning traveller style, comfort and privacy, and is the perfect base from where to explore Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and the surrounding Fiordland National Park. The Lodge itself was constructed in 2002 and sits on a superb rural site with rolling grasslands and has commanding views out across Lake Te Anau. Inside the open architecture of the Lodge reflects the vastness of the Fiordland National Park and echoes of the forest are found in the striking natural timber construction. In the lounge, a latticework of huge log trusses soar to over thirty-six feet above and surround a large open fire, clad with local river stone. Fiordland Lodge will be your exclusive retreat while you get the opportunity to discover one of the world's most beautiful areas. It is an area where snow-capped mountains, rivers of ice, deep lakes, unbroken forests and tussock grasslands produce a landscape of exceptional beauty. Kiwi owned and operated, Fiordland Lodge is a member of Luxury Lodges of New Zealand, a select group of most exclusive luxury lodges in New Zealand – fulfilling the promise of our outstanding landscape.
Te Anau NZ
Te Anau is the perfect town to base yourself from to visit Milford Sound. Nestled on the edge of a lake, there are many options for accommodation. The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park. Home to a wide range of accommodation including lodges, hotels and campgrounds, Te Anau is the perfect place to stay when visiting Milford Sound. It's best to book accommodation ahead in the busy months of January, February and March. Restaurants are plentiful and give visitors the opportunity to sample delicious local fare like venison, lobster and seafood. At the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre you can make plans to walk the Milford, Routeburn or Kepler Tracks. Apart from hiking, popular local activities include scenic flights, lake cruising, fishing, kayaking and exploring the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. There’s also a bird sanctuary that specialises in native birds.
Te Anau Golf Club
Situated next to spectacular Lake Te Anau and surrounded by the Fiordland National Park, the Te Anau Golf Club is a hidden gem and one of New Zealand's most picturesque golf courses. Located halfway between Queenstown and Milford Sound, Te Anau is a wonderful place to visit. Stopover for a few days and with such a magnificent golf course you'll be glad you did! The 18-hole challenging par 72 courses are neatly presented and a delight to play either winter or summer. Each hole offers a unique view of the majestic mountain scenery and the constantly changing lake character. It is hard to find a more beautiful golfing environment.
The DUSKY & DOUBTFUL SOUND Heli-Experience
At Fiordland Helicopters, we offer scenic helicopter flights that cover the most spectacular areas of the Fiordland World Heritage National Park. Visit the southern part of the South Island’s wild West Coast and experience the many scattered islands and early history unique to New Zealand’s largest fiord, Dusky Sound. Your return journey will take you to the head of Doubtful Sound, through the hidden valley of Campbell’s Kingdom and back down the South Arm of Lake Te Anau. Extend your journey to 1hr 40mins to fly along an extraordinary section of the open coastline where waves sculpt granite rock and the mountains meet the sea… this is often described as a favorite part of the flight.
Fiordland National Park NZ
One of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand; the power of Fiordland's scenery never fails to enthral travellers. This remarkable natural environment features stunning fiords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. Ancient rainforest clings impossibly to the mountains; waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters into massive fiords; shimmering lakes and granite peaks look the same today as they did a thousand years ago. A fiord is defined as a u-shaped glacier-carved valley which has been flooded by the sea. The fourteen fiords that fringe this south-west corner of the South Island were 100,000 years in the making, with the final details added during the most recent ice age just 10,000 years ago. The Maori attributed the creation of the fiords to a giant stonemason called Tute Rakiwhanoa, who hued out the steep sided valleys with his adzes.
On all sides of the fiords, spectacular waterfalls tumble incessantly as the region's plentiful rainfall finds its way to the sea. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Milford Sound is always spectacular - daily scenic flights and cruises reveal its beauty to visitors. At 421 metres, Doubtful Sound is the deepest of New Zealand’s fiords. It’s a haven for nature, with resident bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
All our guides are trained in first aid and hold Passenger Endorsement licences. They are also having a permit to operate guiding activities on Public Conservation Land. All guides are a member of Pro-guides Association and have a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand. They currently work full or part-time as a Guide for Aroha NZ Tours and have work experience in New Zealand of no less than TWO seasons of guiding.