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5 wild adventures in New Zealand's natural playground

5 wild adventures in New Zealand's natural playground

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Kauri Cliffs Championship Golf Course

After riding the Kiwi waves or splashing beneath the water’s surface, it can be a challenge to leave the New Zealand ocean for terra firma. But Kauri Cliffs – one of the world’s most visually stunning golf courses – more than merits an afternoon or two ashore.

Drop anchor in the subtropical Bay of Islands. These clustered 144 islets are sought out for their coastal hiking, superb snorkelling and emerald lagoons. Spend a leisurely day kayaking, paddle- boarding or diving off the nearby Cavalli Islands, one of New Zealand’s top scuba sites. Then it’s time to head to nearby Kauri Cliffs, perched just northwest on North Island, overlooking Matauri Bay. Regularly ranked one of the top 50 courses in the world, Kauri Cliffs was designed by premier golf course architect David Harman. “The natural beauty is just astounding throughout,” boasted Harman on its completion.

The par-72 championship course has Pacific Ocean views from 15 of its 18 holes. Half a dozen of them are played alongside the sheer cliffs from which the links take their name. The course also hosts putting and chipping greens, as well as a world- class practice range. The fact that Kauri Cliffs is also a working farm, where visitors are welcome to take a peek at the resident Angus cattle and Coopworth sheep, adds an unexpected delight. And after tackling the course, the Manuka Honey Healing Cocoon massage at the on-site spa offers the perfect way to unwind.

Picture courtesy of Gettyimages.co.uk

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