Bay of Islands
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In 2021 Island Escape Cruises will again offer the popular Heli-Golf cruises: Onboard our brand new yacht Island Escape. Travel in style and join us for a whole new level of fun and excitement to the game. Add top service, superb accommodation and 5-star dining prepared by our dedicated chefs. Golfing probably doesn’t get any better than this…
Island Escape is docked alongside Princess Wharf downtown Auckland just a 30 minutes taxi ride from Auckland Airport. Onboard you are greeted by the crew with a welcome drink and hors d’oeuvres before a safety briefing and introduction of the crew. You are welcome to board the yacht from 5pm for a 6pm departure. As we cruise the Waitemata Harbour and to our overnight anchorage off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Chef will prepare a welcome onboard dinner.
After a healthy breakfast the helicopter is waiting to fly you off the yacht’s helipad to Gulf Harbour Country Club where we land next to the first tee. The first group tee off at around 10am.
The spectacular finishing holes, ocean views and rolling terrain makes Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most exiting golfing experiences in New Zealand. The 6,400 meter par 72 golf course is located on Whangaparaoa Peninsula north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish.
The helicopter is waiting for you on completion of your round to fly you back to the yacht and our afternoon cruise onto Omaha Bay where we will anchor for the night.
The draw will decide if you are playing Omaha or Waipu. After a short helicopter flight we land you next to the 1st tee.
The links-style Waipu Golf Course is tucked in behind the beach and dunes of Bream Bay. This sand-based, 6145-metre, par 72 course offers excellent golfing, with a reputation for some of the best greens and coastal views in New Zealand.
Omaha Beach Golf Club sits overlooking the Whangateau estuary behind Omaha’s sweeping white sand beach. This 5674-metre, par 70, is considered one of the best links-style courses in New Zealand.
Later, you will be flown back to the yacht, now standing off Omaha beach.
There is time to relax onboard the yacht and enjoy a glass of wine on deck and compare scorecards. After dinner is served Island Escape will sail overnight towards the beautiful Bay of Islands.
You wake this morning at our peaceful anchorage in beautiful Doubtless Bay. Today’s challenge is a spectacular 18-hole championship-standard course, so enjoy an energizing breakfast before we fly you in for a 10am start.
The Carrington Estate Golf Course, designed by American golf course designer Matt Dye is 6417 meters 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 wide variety of hole play, from one of the longest par 5’s in New Zealand – at 569 meters, to one of the shortest par 3’s – 113m over water. The clubhouse
is on a high ridge in the middle of the course, taking full advantage of the panoramic ocean views to the north and east, and across to the hillside vineyards of Karikari Estate to the south.
We fly you back to Island Escape and spend the afternoon cruising towards Kauri Cliffs Golf Course where we will anchor overnight just below the golf course.
The breakfast is served in the shade of the aft deck while you get ready to play one of the world’s most famous golf courses. The par 72 championship golf course measures 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. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #37 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.
Once your round is over, you can leave your gear at the club house – you are back here tomorrow for another round at this fabulous course.
The remainder of the afternoon can be spent relaxing onboard with fellow guests or join one of the crew in the tenders and enjoy the areas great fishing. Chef will serve dinner at 7pm.
After breakfast, we’ll fly you in to have another chance to master the 18 holes of Kauri Cliffs.
Expect new challenges, it’s a multi-elevation coastal course, so its character will change day-to-day depending on the wind and weather. Enjoy.
We fly you back to the Island Escape, waiting at anchor close by. This evening the Captain and crew host a farewell dinner party, scorecards will be compared, and there will be a leaderboard prize giving.
Overnight we sail back towards Auckland.
We return to Princess Wharf by 9am and disembark after breakfast on the aft deck.