Media Guide for the “Golf Journey to New Zealand”

Perfect Day 1 in New Zealand golfing at Jack's Point.

Perfect Day 1 in New Zealand golfing at Jack’s Point.

The “Golf Journey to New Zealand” was a 32-day, 4,648-kilometer (2,888 miles) driving all over the North & South Island, 21-golf course Odyssey. New Zealand and Auckland are comparable in size and population to Oregon and Portland, respectively. I never felt constrained, there is much more to see. I hope to return for more golf and adventure travel and to meet more New Zealanders! Great country, great people!

It took 24-1/2 hours to travel 11,628 miles to get there via Dallas-Fort-Worth, Honolulu and Sydney and 22-1/2 hours and 10,827 miles to return home to Jacksonville, Florida, USA. No worries, it was well worth the travel time!

Here is a general summary of accommodations, golf courses played, tourist destinations visited (tour guides used) in the course of traveling, golfing and living in Kiwi-Land for one glorious month!

My last day in New Zealand at the Sky Tower in Auckland.

My last day in New Zealand at the Sky Tower in Auckland.

Feature articles with stay, play & visit details along with pictures and video interviews will be coming soon so please check back. In the meantime links to their websites are included below.

If I can assist you with your travel plans to New Zealand please do not hesitate to contact me at

I hope you will visit New Zealand. I am happy I did as it was a lifetime adventure and memory for sure!


Accommodations (South Island):

Hilton Queenstown in Queenstown, Otago
Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown, Otago
Stone Aerie in Bleinheim, Marlborough
Peppers Clearwater in Christchurch, Canterbury

Accommodations (North Island):

Cambridge Hotel in Wellington, Wellington
Empire Hotel in Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
Dunalistair House in Taupo, Waikato

Golf Courses Played (South Island):

Jack’s Point in Queenstown, Otago
Millbrook Country Club in Arrowtown, Otago
Marlborough Golf Club in Fairhall-Bleinheim, Marlborough
Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch, Canterbury
Christchurch Golf Club (Shirley) in Christchurch, Canterbury
Otago Golf Club (Balmacewen) in Dunedin, Otago
The Hills Golf Course  in Queenstown, Otago

Golf Courses Played (North Island):

Titurangi Golf Club in New Lynn, Auckland
Muriwai Golf Club in Waimauku, Auckland
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course in Matauri Bay, Northland
Waitangi Golf Club in Bay of Islands, Northland
Waipu Golf Club in Ruakaka, Northland
Tara Iti Golf Club in Mangawhai, Northland
Rangitikei Golf Club in Bulls, Manawatu-Wanganui
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club in Paraparaumu, Wellington
Manawatu Golf Club in Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
Cape Kidnappers Golf Club in Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay
The Kinloch Club in Taupo, Waikato
Wairakei Golf Course in Taupo, Waikato
Royal Auckland Golf Club in Otahuhu, Auckland

Tourist Destinations (South Island):

Mantra Restaurant in Arrowtown, Otago
Omaka Aviation Heritage Center in Bleinheim, Marlborough
Hassle-free Tours of Christchurch, Canterbury
Redbus Tour, Rebuild Tour of Christchurch, Canterbury
Real Journeys, Milford Sound Tour in Fiordland National Park, Southland
Real Journeys, TSS Enslaw Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Walter Peak Sheep Farm Tour in Queenstown, Otago

Tourist Destinations (North Island):

Grayline Sightseeing City Tour of Auckland
Hammonds Wellington City Sights & Coastline Tour
Sky Tower in Sky City, Auckland
Fullers Auckland Harbour Cruise

Days 30 & 31: Two Red-Eye Flights and I am Home!

Definitely not the funnest way to spend time but looking back the two red-eye flights (AKL-BNE-HNL the first night and HNL-DFW-JAX the second night) gave me time to reflect on a truly remarkable 2-1/2 month “Golf Journey to Australia & New Zealand.” If I were you, I would not be concerned with the distance traveled. Just make sure you stay ‘Down Under’ and in ‘Kiwi-Land’ long enough to enjoy everything. If you have or can create the opportunity to go, GO! My 2-1/2 month visit was a good start, but definitely not long enough to do everything!

Leaving Auckland, New Zealand today Thursday, January 15th, arriving Jacksonville tomorrow Friday January 16th… I think. .. concluding Day No. 78 of the Golf Journey to Australia & New Zealand!   (Facebook Link, Andy Reistetter, 1/15/15)

Day 30: Fullers Auckland Harbor Cruise!

Fullers Auckland Harbor Cruise

Day 30: Visit Auckland’s Sky Tower, What a View!

Visit Auckland’s Sky Tower, What a View!

Day 29: Play Royal Auckland Golf Club!

Royal Auckland Golf Club

Day 28: Play Wairakei International Golf Course!

Wairakei International Golf Course, a golfing sanctuary!

Day 27: Play The Kinloch Club in New Zealand!

The Kinloch Club

The Kinloch Club

The Kinloch Club

Only three more days left in the “Golf Journey to Australia & New Zealand.” Day count is 75 and golf course count is nearing 50…Going to miss the hospitality, friendliness and good golf Down Under and in Kiwi Land. Looking forward to the PGA Show in Orlando next week. Let me know if you are going to be there! Happy 2015 in progress!   (Facebook Link, Andy Reistetter, 1/12/15)

Day 26: Stay at The Dunalistair House, Golf Central for Golfers in New Zealand!

The Dunalistair House

Day 26: Play Cape Kidnappers Golf Course in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course


Aerial Cape KidnappersAny Kiwis or New Zealand travel experts out there? The ‘Golf Journey to New Zealand’ is currently being planned and will take place mid-December to mid-January. Please help by providing your experience and suggestions! Comment, FB message or email me at Thanks for your input! (-:   (Facebook Post 1 Pic, Andy Reistetter, 11/8/14)

Day 25: Stay at The Empire Hotel in Palmerston North, New Zealand

The Empire Hotel in Palmerston North, New Zealand