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Jun
08

Cheap Tickets to Auckland-Play golf on the world’s most stunning courses

If you’re not into heat, crowds and sand in your pants, I’ve got just the place for you. It’s off-season too which means seriously cheap flights, hotels and foods. People are nice, the weather is wonderful and best of all there are golf courses that will blow your mind.
Yep, I’m talking about New Zealand.

Howick Golf Course & Musick Point, Auckland

Howick Golf Course & Musick Point, Auckland

About 650 years ago, the first Maori ventured from Polynesia to claim the two islands that now comprise New Zealand.  And we white men have made gold courses out of them. They are amongst the most spectacular courses built anywhere in recent years. Perched on serrated cliffs in the north and stark mountains in the south. The conical volcanoes and gnarly forests, the rocky gorges and jagged fjordland—all of it is real.Check out of cheap tickets to Auckland!

The country ranks second only to Scotland in courses per capita. And thanks to a favorable exchange rate between the U.S. and New Zealand dollars, many of the best courses can be played for less than home.

We have tons of cheap flights to Auckland, so pack your clubs and come on over:

Where to Play:

cape kidnappers

cape kidnappers


Cape Kidnappers

This Tom Doak masterpiece is on one of the most astounding pieces of land ever used for golf: massive fingers of rock and earth high above Hawke’s Bay. Cape Kidnappers Golf Club, the second New Zealand gem (after Kauri Cliffs) developed by New York hedge-fund magnate Julian Robertson, is more like a head shaker. You’ll marvel at the audacity and the vision of laying out holes atop craggy, nearly 500-foot-high cliffs.

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, NZ

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, NZ

Kauri Cliffs

Florida architect David Harman sensibly let nature run its course through these 800 otherworldly acres of fern forest, marshland and clifftops in the Bay of Islands region. The result is a brilliant green buffer between blue ocean and mottled mountain gorges. With its forced carries and sheer drop-offs, Kauri Cliffs Golf Course may look like a monster, but wide landing areas and huge greens make it a fun course to play. People are grabbing flights to Auckland from all over the world to sample this course and off-season it’s so much cooler!

Paraparaumu Beach

peaceful tranquility

peaceful tranquility

A world’s top-100 course designed by Alister MacKenzie protégé Alex Russell, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a short, hilly links straight out of Scotland. Pronounced “para-para-OO-moo,” it’s the home course of Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’s caddie. The highlight of the course comes at the 450-yard thirteenth, where the fairway seems to rise and shift before your eyes en route to a green shaved into the top of a hill.

wairakei

wairakei

Wairakei International

Bordered by dense pine forest, Wairakei International Golf Course is a charming parkland layout that demands target-golf skills more than improvisation. Strategic bunkering forces you to plot your way precisely, while the large plateau greens are fast but generally flat. A more relaxing round you’ll never find. The experience of walking the intimate back nine, where each hole is framed by trees to provide a silent passage of play, is food for your soul. Book your cheap flights to Auckland for your summer vacation.


Millbrook Resort

Millbrook Resort

Millbrook Resort

Head out to Queenstown and play Millbrook in the  towering mountain range known as “The Remarkables” and the ski slopes of Coronet Peak which ring this lovely estate.

Where to Stay? After you book your cheap tickets to Auckland or Queenstown, depending where you want to go first, check out these hotels:

Greenhill the Lodge

greenhill

greenhill


A luxurious country house with five guest rooms (all with private baths), plus a paneled billiards room, a fireplace and a library. Near Cape Kidnappers. Great for off-season travel.

Greenmantle Estate

Greenmantle Estate

Greenmantle Estate


Sleep where Tiger slept ( or not!) at this boutique inn near Parapara­umu Beach, hosted by the effervescent couple Bev and Snow Pratt. You’ll enjoy preprandial drinks, chef-prepared dinners (the rack of lamb is to die for), country-style breakfasts and a superior wine list.

Huka Lodge

huka lodge

huka lodge


A favorite of Jack Nicklaus, this secluded lodge consists of twenty suites outfitted in total splendor.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The  Lodge Kauri Cliffs

The Lodge Kauri Cliffs

is always a great choice, with its oard-and-batten guest cottages set on the edge of a native forest offer 180-degree ocean views, while private verandas, fireplaces, wooden floors and framed linocuts create a lulling serenity. There are also two private health-spa suites.

So if you are heading to Australia for a little work this summer, or to visit family, be sure to take a look at our cheap tickets to Auckland for golf and so much more.



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