After arrival in Auckland there is a short 40-minute flight to the Bay of Islands. You are booked with AIRNZ 8674. This Q300 50-seat turbo-prop aircraft departs from Auckland Domestic Terminal at 18:30 (6:30 pm) for KeriKeri Airport. After a beautiful scenic flight up the coast you arrive in the Bay and are met and transferred to the ship that is prepared with a welcoming dinner onboard from 8pm. A good sleep awaits in preparation for the week ahead.
Wake to a cooked chef prepared breakfast. Transfer by helicopter to play 18 holes at one of the world’s most famous golf courses – Kauri Cliffs. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards - 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside seaside cliffs. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Set on 4,000 acres of rolling coastal land near Matauri Bay, Kauri Cliffs was constructed to harmonise and blend with the natural features of the landscape. It is beautiful and challenging but a delight to play. After golf the helicopter transfers you back to the ship. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent relaxing onboard with fellow passengers or come with us and enjoy the area’s great fishing. We carry a range of Shimano rods, reels, tackle and lures. Dinner is served onboard from 7pm.
Breakfast will be ready before we helicopter out to play 18 holes at the Carrington Golf Club. The unique feature of the Carrington Club golf course is that, although it has an ocean side location, it looks and plays like an ‘inland golf’ course, complete with rolling hills, vales, and natural water hazards but with the beautiful ocean views of its seaside location. The course is 6146 metres (7267 yards) in length, par 72, and encompasses a variety of terrains from rolling vales to challenging water holes. The course is designed to accommodate golfers of all abilities and offers a great variety of hole play, from one of the longest par 5's in New Zealand 605 metres (667 yards), to one of the shortest over water par 3's at 113 metres (132 yards). The helicopter is waiting to fly you back to the ship after the round with dinner served at 7pm.
Transfer by helicopter to play 18 holes at Kauri Cliffs. You have had 36 hours to contemplate the course to be prepared for this second round. The course changes its character depending on which direction the wind is blowing. After golf the helicopter transfers you back to the ship. Dinner is served onboard from 7pm.
After breakfast we leave the ship. We transfer you to KeriKeri Airport to meet AIRNZ 8671 that departs at 11:35 and arrives into Auckland Domestic Airport 30 minutes later. Your luxury coach is waiting to take you to Titirangi Golf Club. Titirangi has a long history of hosting great players from all over the world and has been the venue for many international tournaments, including the New Zealand Open Championship. Titirangi is ranked as one of New Zealand’s top courses. It is the only one in the country designed by Alister MacKenzie. The course measures just over 6025 metres off the championship tees and offers a genuine challenge to all golfers. The coach is waiting on completion of your round to take you to the Sebel Suites in the heart of Auckland Viaduct. Enjoy the area with a multitude of restaurant choices nearby the hotel.
After breakfast we transfer you to Gulf Harbour Country Club. The spectacular finishing holes, ocean views, rolling terrain and classic, traditional values combine to make the Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most exciting golfing experiences in New Zealand. This 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish. The front nine is slightly hillier and has an open feeling, while the back nine wanders towards the ocean and culminates with some of the most scenic holes anywhere. Comparisons have already been made between Gulf Harbour and Pebble Beach Golf Links. The coach is waiting for you on completion of your round to take you to the Sebel Suites for the last evening.
The tour is completed and when you check out of the hotel a private corporate cab will be waiting to take you to Auckland airport for your flight home. Thank you for coming along and we hope to see you onboard the ‘Island Passage’ again in the future.