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New Zealand growing as a golfing destination
August 16, 2011

New Zealand is fast achieving a reputation for being one of the hottest golfing destinations, with its affordable world class courses and facilities, spectacular scenery and dramatic landscapes drawing thousands of visitors seeking the ultimate golfing holiday. Mountain vistas, cliff-top ocean views, picturesque valleys, scenic lakes, and deep gorges - these are typical backdrops for many of New Zealand's 400+ golf courses.

Winner of the 2009 Golf Destination of the Year at the IAGTO Virgin Atlantic Golf Travel awards for Asia and Australasia, New Zealand has received many accolades by the international golfing community with courses such as Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Wairakei International frequently listed in top 100 golfing lists. The prominence of international New Zealand golfers such as Danny Lee, Michael Campbell and Sir Bob Charles and Tiger Wood's caddy Steve Williams have also helped enhance the country's reputation for premier golf.

In response to the dramatic growth in New Zealand as a golfing destination, independent New Zealand holiday specialists, Kirra Holidays, have developed a range of itineraries to suit players of all levels. These incorporate the best of New Zealand's golf resort and championship courses as well as some of the more traditional rural fairways. The itineraries offer a choice of 6 and13-day self-drive itineraries, and stays can be extended as appropriate.

Groups interested in tailor made itineraries can simply choose their ideal fairways - and Kirra will do the rest. They will book your favoured courses, along with your golf carts, pre-pay the green fees, organise your accommodation, whether it be budget or luxury, arrange transport and recommend and book 'must see' sightseeing and activities. All you will need to do is book your flights.

So what sort of courses can you look forward to if you book a golfing holiday in New Zealand? If you are looking for a real challenge then Cape Kidnappers, a par-71, 6,510 metre course in the North Island, is widely recognised as one of the best in the world. Built on a landscape of ridges and valleys across fingers of land that stretch 150 metres above the ocean, the views are spectacular, the fairways are generous, the bunkers are severe and the greens complex.

Then there's Kauri Cliffs, which has been compared to California's Pebble Beach Course, which is ranked in the global top ten. The 18 hole, par-72 championship golf course measures 6,412 metres and offers four sets of tees to challenge to players of every level. With tee times set 20 minutes apart, the unhurried nature of a round allows you to soak in the spectacular cliff-top surroundings which range from 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and picture postcard views of the Cavalli Islands through to dramatic marsh, forest and farmland.

Both Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs are amongst the highlights of Kirra's 13 day North Island Fairway holidays, which allows you to indulge in some of New Zealand's most exclusive golf courses and, at the same time, experience the best of the North Island's sightseeing activities. The cost of this golfing extravaganza, which includes 13 day's car hire, 12 night's twin-share accommodation and five iconic sight-seeing attractions, is £1,206 per person. Green fees and golf cart hire at seven premier golf courses are available as an additional supplement or can be booked direct. Flights are not included..

To plan your ideal golfing holiday and find out more details about New Zealand's magnificent golf courses please visit and follow the links on the home page to 'request a brochure' and download the golfing e-brochure. For copies of Kirra's New Zealand Travel Guide and further information about the wide range of holidays available from Kirra Holidays please visit , contact them on 0800 856 5494 or email

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