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The Golf Travel Group & Fairways of Life with Matt Adams

November 3 – 12, 2022 Listener Trip, North Island, New Zealand

As the “Official Travel Partner” for Fairways of Life with Matt Adams, the most widely distributed daily live golf talk show in the world, The Golf Travel Group is excited to announce our newest listener trip to New Zealand! Come join nationally acclaimed broadcaster & New York Times best-selling author Matt Adams for what will be a golf adventure of a lifetime!

New Zealand is known as ‘the land of the long white cloud’ and can also claim the title of the ‘youngest country in the world’. The country is divided into two islands — the North Island where you can find the beautiful cities of Auckland and Wellington, and South Island — home to Christchurch and Queenstown. New Zealand’s spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.

To join Matt Adams on this incredible journey to New Zealand please contact us at (800) 459 4220 or complete our online tour request form and one of our golf travel consultants will be thrilled to help reserve your space. Please note that space is limited and we anticipate this tour selling out quickly. We look forward to hearing from you. See you in New Zealand!

Package Summary


  • The InterContinental Hotel, Wellington (King Club Harbour View Room)
  • Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel, Taupo (Guest Plus Room)
  • Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock (Premier Room)


  • Royal Wellington Golf Club
  • Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club
  • Wairakei International Golf Club
  • The Kinloch Club
  • Cape Kidnappers Golf Course


  • 3 nights at the InterContinental Wellington (King Club Harbour View Room)
  • 3 nights at Hilton Taupo (Standard Room)
  • 3 nights at Porters Boutique Hotel (Premier Room)
  • 5 games of golf (Royal Wellington, Paraparaumu, Wairakei, Kinloch and Cape Kidnappers with carts)  *All day golf at Cape Kidnappers
  • Luxury coach transfers throughout (airport, golf, sightseeing)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Visit to Huka Falls (near Lake Taupo)
  • Taupo Boat Cruise — including afternoon tea
  • Gannet Safari tour (located Cape Kidnappers estate)
  • Napier highlights day
  • Evening welcome reception on first night (drinks and snacks)
  • Farewell meal
  • Two (2) tour guide/staff representatives throughout
  • Shared riding carts at each course
  • All applicable taxes


  • $8,295 per golfer — double/twin share golfer (US Dollar)
  • $9,695 per golfer — single golfer (US Dollar)
  • $6,995 per non-golfer — double/twin share non golfer (US Dollar)


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Depart for New Zealand (+2 day from North America).

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Arrive New Zealand (Wellington International Airport), where you’ll be met by The Golf Travel Group representatives who will help with the transfer to the motor coach for your travel to the first hotel. From the airport travel (45 minutes) to your hotel for check-in.

This evening enjoy a welcome reception where you will get to meet Matt Adams and all of the other Fairways of Life guests for what will be an amazing travel experience!

Accommodation: The InterContinental Hotel, Wellington

Adjacent to Wellington’s waterfront, InterContinental Wellington is the most centrally-located and experienced global five-star hotel in New Zealand’s capital city. It is the seamless and personal service of the team that makes a Wellington experience truly memorable. Guest can spend time with the award-winning concierge team whose tips and insider knowledge help travelers discover the arts, events, shopping, and culinary cultures. 5 STAR.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Travel (50 minutes) to Paraparaumu Beach.

Golf: Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Regarded by many as one of the greatest links courses in the southern hemisphere, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a world renowned layout on the undulating dune land of the Kapiti Coast. Located just 45 minutes from New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, the course has hosted the New Zealand Open 12 times. A record unsurpassed by any other course.

A traditional links course, Paraparaumu Beach is a layout that will challenge the very best golfer, whilst allowing newcomers to the game plenty of scope for enjoyment. The greens are firm and true, the fairways provide welcome respite from the natural dunes, and every shot demands thought and careful execution. To experience Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is to play a course with a genuine heart and soul. You’ll receive a warm welcome and enjoy the feel of a club that is loved by members and visitors alike. Far from an exclusive environment or rural retreat, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is situated in the heart of a local community, and is very much a jewel in the golfing crown of New Zealand.

Accommodation: The InterContinental Hotel, Wellington

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Depart your hotel and travel (30 minutes) to the nearby Royal Wellington Golf Club.

Golf: Royal Wellington Golf Club

A private club conveniently located just outside of the Wellington city-center, Royal Wellington is in rare air as the only New Zealand club to be granted Royal status by the British monarchy. And although a historic venue, this picturesque parkland course has undergone a recent 2-year redesign.

Accommodation: The InterContinental Hotel, Wellington

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Depart Wellington today and travel north to Taupo (5 hours). Scenic sightseeing along the way.

Accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel, Taupo

Bask in the breathtaking natural beauty of Taupo from the Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel. Nestled among the epic scenery of Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, the hotel was originally built in 1889 at The Terraces Hotel. Experience awe inspiring natural beauty and stunning blue water as well as the best trout fishing in the world.

Additional incredible activities include the natural cliffs of Huka Falls, tour the area mountain trails on horseback or mountain bikes, go parasailing or just lounge poolside and marvel the surrounding beauty. 4 STAR

Monday, November 7, 2022

Depart your hotel this morning and travel (25 minutes) to Kinloch.

Golf: The Kinloch Club

Golf at the Jack Nicklaus designed The Kinloch Club is often compared to the classic link courses in Scotland and Ireland. However, instead of traditional sea views, this world-class championship Par 72 course is positioned between panoramic views of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest fresh-water lake, and the natural beauty of rugged rural farmland. Ranked as New Zealand’s number one golf course in 2014 by a select team of New Zealand Golf Professionals the Kinloch Club is also rated 76th of the top 100 golf courses outside of America by Golf Digest Magazine. 

The only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course to be built in New Zealand, Kinloch showcases a design philosophy that aims to enhance the natural environment — allowing the surroundings of the stunning Taupo region to shape each hole. The Kinloch club was voted in the top 10 new golf courses in the world by US Travel and Leisure golf magazine (the only course outside of North America to feature in that prestigious list). Although technically not a true links course, it cleverly merges aspects of both links and parkland course design. It would be easy to become preoccupied with the stunning views and clean green setting, but the golf course alone is why so many are making the trip to just north of Taupo.

Following golf we have scheduled a 3 hours boat cruise of Lake Taupo (tea, coffee & snacks provided / a pay bar is also on board). You will be taken to see Maori Rock art that can be accessed by boat and you will have your hand at trying trout fishing for anyone who would like to try.

Accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel, Taupo

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Travel to Wairakei (15 minutes).

Golf: Wairakei International Golf Club

Navigate your way through 18 testing holes of exceptional beauty and listen to the cacophony of birdlife, the meandering streams and the delightful waterfalls. The golf course was built by the New Zealand government and is set midway between Auckland and Wellington, in the heart of the spectacular scenery of the Lake Taupo region. Officially opened in 1970, the course lies on 180 hectares of natural rolling countryside and was developed to meet the rigorous design standards required for world class championship competition.

The architecture was assigned to Commander John Harris, England’s leading and most travelled golf course architect, whose family had been involved in the construction of Moor Park, Wentworth and Sunningdale. Combined with Michael Wolveridge — an Englishman, and Australian Peter Thomson — 5 times winner of the British Open, they produced New Zealand’s first internationally recognised golf course and there is little doubt in any New Zealander’s mind that this trio exceeded all expectations. Worldwide acclaim has been given to the sprawling golf course that uses natural contours to the fullest. It is the natural beauty and sheer experience of the property that makes Wairakei a must for both serious and casual golfers.

Following golf visit Huka Falls.

Accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel, Taupo

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Depart Taupo this morning and travel north (2 hours) towards Napier and the village of Havelock North. This afternoon we have scheduled a 3 hour Gannet Safari tour on the Cape Kidnappers estate & cliffs (four wheel drive vehicles).

Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North

Step into a world of luxury, comfort and relaxation. Porters Boutique Hotel offers unique luxury Havelock North accommodation in the heart of the charming village, surrounded by the majestic hills of Hawke’s Bay. Relax in elegantly appointed guest rooms, complete with plush, classic furnishings and adorned with original local artwork. Enjoy attentive luxury service and full amenities within a stylish, intimate space that reflects the beauty and grandeur of the breathtaking Hawke’s Bay region. 4 STAR

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Depart your hotel this morning and travel (30 minutes) to the incredible Cape Kidnappers.

Golf: Cape Kidnappers

Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, Cape Kidnappers is a par 71 golf course that measures 7,119 yards and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and with stunning sea views, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs. With cliff-edge fairways perched high above sea level and with surface that remains firm and fast, this course offers holes unlike anything you find elsewhere in the world.

While every hole has a spectacular view of the Bay, some play cautiously alongside deep ravines as others intimidate golfers with deep cliff top bunkers and sheer drops off the very edge of the earth. The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well-stocked golf shop, club house and ladies’ and mens’ locker rooms.

Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North

Friday, November 11, 2022

No golf is scheduled for today. For your final full day in New Zealand, we have scheduled a guided Napier highlights day. See the art deco buildings of Napier and learn about the earthquake that lead to their arrival. Visit a range of local wineries and sample some amazing local wines. Visit a local orchard and take a small tour. Experience the amazing views at Te Mata Peak. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch at a venue (location TBA).

This evening will be highlighted by a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Depart your hotel and travel (30 minutes) to Napier Airport for your flight to Auckland. From Auckland, connect to your next flight.

Tour Information

Not Included

  • Any items not specifically described in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Airfare.

Necessary for Booking

When confirming a reservation the following information is needed:

  • Full names of everyone in the party and a rooming list.
  • A copy of each golfer’s handicap card (will need 90 days prior to travel).
  • Flight information (arrival & departure).  Will need 90 days prior to travel.

Reservation Procedures

  • Simply call, write, or fax us with your inquiry.
  • 45% per person deposit required at the time of reservation.
  • Additional 20% per person deposit due by January 1 2022.
  • Hotels, golf courses, and ground transportation confirmed. All courses and hotels based on availability at time of booking.
  • Full payment due 90 (ninety) days prior to arrival. Approximately 2–4 weeks prior to your departure you will receive all necessary travel documents.

Method of Payment

U.S. currency in the form of agency or personal checks, ACH/wire transfer, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.


Cancellations after deposit/payment should be made in writing. Cancellation penalties:

  • Time reservation made — 90 days prior to departure: Full deposit forfeited.
  • 89–60 days prior: 75% of total package price forfeited, plus any non-refundable fees.
  • Thereafter: Full payment forfeited.

Exchange Rates

Tour prices are based on exchange rates effective at time quotation and are subject to change. It may be necessary to add a surcharge to the price of your vacation if fluctuations in the exchange rate deem it necessary. Once deposit payment has been received surcharges may not be levied.