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A Golf Trip in the magical atmospheres of the “Middle Earth”, told by the scenes of the film “The Lord of the Rings” is an incredible experience: you go through mountainous landscapes, glaciers, lush forests, geysers and lakes until you reach the dream beaches along the coast. New Zealand is also a favorite destination for sports enthusiasts who can go hiking, rafting, skiing, horseback riding and bungee jumping, which was born right here. In addition to unspoiled landscapes, there are cities, such as Auckland, the capital, also known as “the city of sails” or Christchurch, full of historic buildings including the city’s symbolic cathedral. In this DIY Golf Trip guide we take care of the North Island.

Organizing your golf experience in this country inevitably passes through the climate issue. Therefore, it is essential to identify the time of year in which to go well.

The climate

New Zealand has 4 seasons, with the summer going from December to February followed by autumn from March to May, a winter that lasts from June to August and then leaves space for spring from September to November. But it must be said that the New Zealand climate is quite variable, so much so that it is normal to have even 4 seasons in a day! So in any season you decide to travel is always good to bring a little of everything in your suitcase: if you travel in the summer do not forget the swimsuit, the kit to protect yourself from the sun (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), but also a rain jacket or cape and waterproof shoes if you go hiking; in winter, sheltered from the cold with heavy clothing, hat, scarf, gloves and a padded ski jacket, while in mid-season it is good to dress in layers.

The northern part of the North Island has a subtropical climate and this means that rainfall is frequent, especially in winter and spring, so always keep a cape or a waterproof jacket close at hand. The west coast is the one that records the highest level of precipitation, both on the South Island and on the North Island, with the Milford Sound fjord in the lead: it’s the wettest place in the country.

To get a clearer idea you have here the Auckland weather website

What to eat in New Zealand

One of the most important foods in New Zealand cuisine is meat, in particular lamb, thanks to the numerous pastures and farms that make it possible to have raw materials of excellent quality, including dairy products for which the country is famous: milk and cheese they are excellent. Being surrounded by the ocean and rich in rivers and lakes, in New Zealand fish and seafood are found in abundance and are present in many recipes. As in Australia, also in New Zealand beetroot is a very popular food, also present in fast food burgers, together with kumara, the sweet potato typical of Maori cuisine.

Meat Pie
The traditional British meat pie is one of the most beloved traditional dishes by New Zealanders, so much so that every year a competition is held to establish which restaurant, oven or cafe is the best meat pie. The traditional recipe includes beef and gravy sauce, but there are other variations with cheese, mushrooms, bacon and eggs, and a garnish mashed potatoes. Every restaurateur creates his own version and there are also vegetarian and vegan options.

Rewena (the Maori bread)
One of the most special products of New Zealand is the rewena, or Maori bread, prepared with a mixture of fermented potatoes, to which is added flour and sugar. The bread is produced in a round loaf that has a slight sweet aftertaste. You can buy it in bakeries, at the supermarket and it is also used for burgers in restaurants.

Fish & chips
Typical dish of English cuisine, fish and chips is one of the traditional specialties both in Australia and New Zealand. Try it in seaside resorts in the summer: it is delicious to eat sitting in the picnic areas near the beach. It can be prepared with various local fish, including red lutian (called snapper) and tarakihi and paired with regular French fries or fried kumara, sweet potatoes.

Roasted lamb
New Zealand is renowned for its lamb meat, which you can taste in all the restaurants prepared in different ways. The simplest one is roast, flavored with rosemary and other seasonings and served with a mixture of vegetables. Alternatively you can try it grilled or fried according to your tastes.

Boil Up (Pork & Puha)
Another characteristic dish of Maori cuisine is pork and puha, also called boil up from the cooking method used. In this recipe, in fact, pork and puha, a wild plant widely used in the Maori kitchen, are cooked in pork broth along with sweet kumara potatoes and spinach. The result is a delicious stew to accompany with bread.

Hangi
More than a real dish, the hangi is a traditional Maori cooking method that is more than 2,000 years old: in practice, various ingredients, such as chicken or lamb and vegetables are cooked slowly in ovens cut into the ground. Here it is previously placed of the burning charcoal on which the foods that are thus cooked on the grill are placed. Today this specialty is prepared on special occasions and special occasions, but tourists can try it at some historical sites around the Bay of Plenty.

Kiwi Burger
You can taste it in all the fast food and burger restaurants of New Zealand, but don’t let the name scare you: the kiwi burger doesn’t contain kiwi at all. It is a simple burger with beef that includes, in addition to the classic salad, tomato and sauces, also beets and a fried egg. In some restaurants it is prepared with rewena bread.

Whitebait Fritters
If you visit the west coast of the South Island do not miss the whitebait, small white fish very popular in this region. They are prepared in various ways, but one of the most popular specialties is the omelette with whitebait.

Paua
Considered a delicacy, the paua is an edible sea snail that is prepared in various ways: added to the curry, in broth or in omelettes. Furthermore, the paua shells are used in the costume jewelery sector and to make decorative items and souvenirs.

Honey Manuka
Manuka honey is considered a highly prized product internationally for its beneficial properties. Take advantage of the Golf trip to New Zealand to taste it on the farms or buy it in supermarkets and dedicated shops.

Desserts
Pavlova
Although there is still debate over who, between New Zealand and Australia, invented Pavlova, this dessert is considered the New Zealand national dessert and is essentially a cake made from meringues covered with whipped cream and fresh fruit. It is used to eat it in particular during the Christmas holidays, on special occasions and in summer barbecues, but you can always find it in restaurants and pastry shops.

Hokey Pokey ice cream
One of New Zealand’s greatest contributions to the world of ice cream is hokey pokey, a vanilla-based flavor enriched with honey toffee candies. It is one of the most popular flavors of the country and you can taste it in all the ice cream parlors.

Lolly cake
Available in supermarkets, in all New Zealand cafes and bakeries, lolly cakes are something absolutely unique. These are sweet rolls that have fruit gummy candies or marshmallows as the main ingredient, giving life to a decidedly colorful filling. The candies or marshmallows are combined with the dough which is based on chopped dry biscuits, butter and milk. Once the sweet roll is formed, sprinkle it with coconut flakes.

jaffas
The jaffas are among the candies of which New Zealanders are most fond and are small balls of chocolate covered with an orange glaze that can be bought in all supermarkets and convenience stores. Around this product was born a curious and much awaited event, the “jaffa race” that takes place annually in Dunedin: on this occasion thousands of candies are poured along the steepest residential street in the world, Baldwin Street.

Afghans Biscuits
These typical New Zealand sweets are great to accompany a tea snack: they are small biscuits made with cornflakes and chocolate, which are garnished with nuts.

Drinks
The original “flat white”
New Zealand is considered the country in which flat white coffee was born, today very popular all over the world. The drink includes a micro-foam of milk added to coffee, with the result of a cappuccino with less foam and it is said that this type of coffee was born from a “cappuccino come wrong” made by a New Zealand bartender. I recommend you try it in one of Auckland’s many cafes.

Kiwi wine
New Zealand is renowned for its wine regions that produce delicious wines, including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot. In any case, one of the most unusual drinks you can try is kiwi wine, of which you’ll find several variations, both still and sparkling.

L & P
L&P stands for “Lemon & Paeroa” and is a soft drink born in the early 1900s in the city of Paeroa in New Zealand by essentially combining lemon juice with sparkling water. Today it has become the property of Coca-Cola.

Getting informed is never bad. Some books to read:

New Zealand Travel Guide: Things I Wish I’D Known Before Going To New Zealand
A Walking Guide to New Zealand’s Long Trail Te Araroa

GOLF COURSES IN NEW ZEALAND – North Island

Starting from the north of the island and continuing towards the south

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Some tips on golf courses:

  • To book the Tee Time, it is best to send an email to the secretary of the Golf Club you have chosen, asking for availability, obviously indicating the day and an indicative time. You can find the e-mail address by opening the Golf Club website from “Open website” and then searching for “contacts” or some Golf Clubs have the form to fill out to get the Tee Time. I think it’s better to send an email to the Secretariat. Opens Google Map at the point of the Golf Club. You can have the necessary information to reach the playing field or to know the distances for example from the Hotel you have chosen for the stay.

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NEW ZEALAND NORTH ISLAND Extra Golf Free Time Tours & Activities:

How to reach New Zealand, North Island

The Travel Insurance

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  • Wellington International Airport
  • Auckland Airport

What to do for your flight

Important Notes:

  • Remember that in New Zealand you drive on the left.
  • Driving in New Zealand: 1. To drive in New Zealand you must have an international driving license, a very simple procedure that can be performed in any mobility and traffic office. 2. The roads are in good condition, but the terrain forces them to make many detours to reach certain places. 3. Compliance with speed limits (100 km / h on the roads) and the prohibition of drinking alcohol are important aspects, with severe penalties for those who break them.
  • Consult the information relating to the documentation required to enter the country.

Useful tips for organizing your golf vacation in NEW ZEALAND:

Booking Hotels

Villas and Rooms

Suitcases

If you use air flights always remember to check the size of the baggage on the airline’s website !!

Golf Travel Bag

Travel Insurance

Travel Accessories

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