New Zealand's golf courses are highly rated by international standards. Professionals like Nick Faldo, Arnold Palmer, and Greg Norman have trodden the fairways of New Zealand and praised their beauty and quality. There are about 400 golf courses in the country, with the finest courses in the Bay of Islands (Waitangi), Taupo (Wairakei), Auckland (Titirangi) and Arrowtown (Millbrook Golf and Country Club).
Golfing seasons are during the winter/spring months from May to October. On excellent days, the courses are always packed with avid golfers. Green fees range from about NZ$5 in some country areas to NZ$40 at some of the most exclusive city courses. Most clubs offer rental of golf clubs and buggies and some even have their own resident professionals.
To join a golfing and sightseeing tour or for further inquiries, write to:
Hiking New Zealand's beautiful parks is absolutely breathtaking. There are eight routes, known as the Great Walks, for which a pass is needed. The Department of Conservation (DOC) offers these passes at a cost of NZ$6-14 per night if you sleep in a hut, or NZ$6 if you stay on a campsite. Annual passes are obtainable at the price of up to NZ$58. For a hike on Milford Track, apply to the Fiordland National Park Visitor Guide Centre in Te Anau (03-249 8514). However, hikes are restricted to a limited number of people. Other detailed route descriptions are available from the DOC or from bookshops.
For detailed maps and information on hikes and hiking passes nationwide, look up:
Experiencing New Zealand on horseback is memorable and without any doubt, the best way to get close to nature and the life in the countryside. A list of riding centers is as follows:
Pakiri Beach Horse
There are plenty of opportunities for mountain climbing in New Zealand. An excellent year-round mountain guide for both beginners and experts is Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, which is based in Tekapo (03-680 6736).
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