2017 Australia and New Zealand Golf Cruise

2017 Australia and New Zealand Golf Cruise | visit Australia | Tasmania | New Zealand |  on board the luxurious Azamara Journey.

15 Nights | 6 Rounds of Challenging Championship Golf Excursions including Cape Kidnappers | Sydney to Auckland | 19 February – 6 March 2017.

Golf Shore Excursion options: The Lakes Golf Club Sydney | Yarra Yarra GC Melbourne | Tasmania Golf Club | Barnbougle Dunes GC Tasmania | Lost Farm GC Tasmania | Chisholm Park GC Dunedin | Christchurch Golf Club |Cape Kidnappers | visit golf course links below

Optional add-on overnight Golf Packages: Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm | Cape Kidnappers & Kinloch

Cruise Ports: Sydney, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | Port Arthur, Tasmania | Hobart, Tasmania | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa, New Zealand | Napier, New Zealand | Tauranga, New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand

Melbourne’s Ocean Road to Tasmanian parklands and dramatic Milford Sound (plus an option to visit mountainous Queenstown). Eat and drink your way through friendly Hobart, explore Tasmania’s unspoiled parks, and sip wines at famous Hawke’s Bay. Dive into the culture with many touring choices for non-golf travel companions from coastal hiking and marine excursions to art deco towns, kiwi farms, Port Arthur’s infamous penal colony, and the Maori community of Rotorua.

EZee Economy & Business\First Class Air can be added at time of booking – ask your GolfAhoy agent for an airfare quote.

May we ship your golf bag and suitcases?

Azamara ships are not too big (you never feel lost). And they’re not too small (you won’t run out of new things to do and new people to meet). With a capacity of 686 guests the Azamara Journey is really just the right size. You’ll love the genial country-club-like atmosphere.

AZAMARA GuaranteeCruise Only Fares per person based on double occupancy: [golf additional from US$2,935]

Interior from US$6,499

Oceanview from US$6,999

Veranda from US$7,799

Club Continent Suite from US$9,699

Club Ocean Suite from US$15,699

Owners Suite from US$16,699

Taxes, fees & port expenses from US$320 p/p

Reservation Deposit from US$550 p/p | US$1100 p/p Suites

2017 Australia and New Zealand Golf Cruise – Sailing Itinerary

19 FEBRUARY, SUNDAY: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (IN PORT)

Embark Azamara Journey from 1:00PM onwards

Welcome Cocktails & Briefing

Overnight: In Port – Sydney

20 FEBRUARY, MONDAY: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (IN PORT / 5:00PM)

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales, the most populous city in the country, and sits on the Tasman Sea along the southeast coast of Australia. Surrounding Sydney Harbour, the city has a rich artistic and cultural life: the iconic Sydney Opera House is not only a prominent feature of the famous skyline, but also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through the streets of the city to shop, dine, and view spectacular architecture and heritage buildings including Parliament House, Sydney Town Hall, and the Australian Museum. Visit popular sites like Manly Beach, Darling Harbour and Taronga Zoo for the Australian wildlife exhibits plus wonderful views of Sydney Harbour, or tour the city on your own via bike along Sydney’s cycle ways. Enjoy it on your own arrangements or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

GOLF: The Lakes is one of Australia’s pre-eminent private clubs and one of the leading major tournament venues in Australia having most recently hosted the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Men’s Australian Opens. There is no shortage of red stakes on this extraordinary layout beginning with the opening hole then punctuated by the three back nine par fives. In the 1998 Greg Norman Classic, The Shark splashed three long irons into the lake fronting the 14th green on his way to a twelve. The famous double water carry on 17 has defined it as one of the iconic par fives in Australian golf.

Overnight: At Sea

21 FEBRUARY, TUESDAY: AT SEA

A day at sea

Overnight: At Sea

22 FEBRUARY, WEDNESDAY: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, (8:00AM / 9:00PM)

Melbourne is Victoria’s state capital city and sits around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Widely considered the cultural capital of Australia, it is the hub of the film and television industry, and also has been named a UNESCO City of Literature. Take in the restored 19th-century architecture, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition building, much of which was built following the Victorian gold rush. Visit the seaside suburb of St. Kilda for such renowned attractions as Luna Park, Fitzroy Street, and St. Kilda Beach, the city’s most famous beach. Stroll through Melbourne’s interconnected arcades and laneways, filled with vibrant street art, boutiques, restaurants and cafes, or enjoy a leisurely walk through the heart of the city center at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Enjoy it on your own arrangements or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

GOLF: Yara Yarra Golf Club was established in 1898 and is one of Melbourne’s most prestigious clubs. It was not until 1927 that they moved to their current location, becoming one of Melbourne’s world renowned Sandbelt courses. Course designer Alex Russell was an Australian Open Champion who collaborated with Alistair Mackenzie on a number of designs. His legacy is a classic design from the golden era that members have been astute enough to preserve in almost in its entirety. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s best players. Like all great golf courses, it has stood the test of time.

Overnight: At Sea

23 FEBRUARY, THURSDAY: AT SEA

A day at sea

Overnight: At Sea

24 FEBRUARY, FRIDAY: PORT ARTHUR, TASMANIA, (7:00AM / 1:00PM) HOBART, TASMANIA (6:30PM / IN PORT)

Port Arthur is located on the Tasman Peninsula, slightly southeast of the state capital of Hobart. Its arresting history forms part of the Australian Convict Sites, which has earned a UNESCO World Heritage designation. Visit the 18th- and 19th-century structures built within the British Empire, which now serve as the best surviving examples of Australia’s rich history of its captive population and their labor, which produced much of this architecture. Tour The Coal Mines Historic Site, Tasmania’s first operational mine, and visit the ruins of the buildings where the workers and their families once lived. Enjoy it on your own arrangements or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

GOLF: Tasmania Golf Club was born out of Lindisfarne Golf Club which was formed in 1925 and located on Hobart’s eastern shore but where the post-war building boom and demand for suburban land caused the State Government to compulsorily acquire that course in the late 1960s. A new site was acquired and Tasmania Golf Club was opened for play in 1971 by the State Governor Sir Edric Bastyan. Today, Tasmania Golf Club is widely regarded as the best golf course layout in southern Tasmania, second only to Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links as the most spectacular golf course in the State.

Golfers playing Tasmania Golf Club disembark in Port Arthur and rejoin in Hobart later on the same day following play.

Overnight: In Port – Hobart

GOLF OPTION – Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm US$1545

An option at supplementary cost is provided for guests (instead of playing Tasmania Golf Club) to visit the world renowned Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm;

  • Disembark in Port Arthur – 24 February (8:00AM)
  • Round trip transfer by private aircraft (45 mins) direct to Barnbougle Dunes
  • 18 holes at Barnbougle Dunes
  • Overnight with dinner & drinks, plus breakfast at Barnbougle Dunes Cottages
  • 18 holes at Barnbougle Lost Farm
  • Rejoin Azamara Journey in Hobart – 25 February (5:00PM)
  • Non-Golfing spouses are welcome to join (reduced rate supplement applies)

25 FEBRUARY, SATURDAY: HOBART, TASMANIA (IN PORT / 6:00PM)

Hobart is the capital and most populous city in Tasmania, the second-oldest state capital after Sydney, New South Wales. Stroll along the historic waterfront, famous for its Georgian buildings, and make sure to view the 1830s sandstone treasure, Salamanca Place. Climb Mount Wellington or take a day trip to discover the vast beauty of Bruny Island. Drive along the East Coast Escape to Freycinet National Park, part of the World Heritage-listed wilderness. Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula, a mid-19th-century prison which was considered inescapable due in part to its surrounding shark-infested waters. Enjoy it on your own arrangements or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

Overnight: At Sea

26 FEBRUARY, SUNDAY: AT SEA

A day at sea

Overnight: At Sea

27 FEBRUARY, MONDAY: AT SEA

A day at sea

Overnight: At Sea

28 FEBRUARY, TUESDAY: MILFORD SOUND, NEW ZEALAND (7:00AM / 10:00AM)

We make our dramatic arrival to the South Island of New Zealand with a scenic cruise of the majestic Milford Sound on New Zealand’s south west corner. Guests remain on board. Return to sea in the late morning as we cruise the south New Zealand coast en route for Dunedin.

Overnight: At Sea

1 MARCH, WEDNESDAY: DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND (10:00AM / 7:00PM)

Dunedin is located on the southwest coast of the South Island of New Zealand, bordered by the Tasman Sea. The gold rush in the early 1860s made it the richest province in the country, and brought people from far and wide in search of wealth. Settled by Scotland, a statue of the poet Robbie Burns looks over the Octagon in the city’s center. Take a guided tour around the city and view the Flemish architecture and the Otago Peninsula. Stroll along one of the many beautiful, white sandy beaches. View some of the wildlife unique to the area, like the Northern Royal Albatross, the Little Blue Penguin, and the Kiwi. Learn more about local culture at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, where you’ll discover the story of the people who settled here. Enjoy it on your own arrangements or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

GOLF: Chisholm Park Golf Club, located just outside Dunedin, is a genuine links course in the truest sense of the word, which may well be considered the hidden gem of this golf voyage. Developed on reserve land in the 1930s, several of its holes occupy a magnificent headland wedged between two beaches. It is hole #9 which guests tend to remember most keenly with the tee clinging to the edge of a huge precipice high over picturesque Tomahawk Beach. The playability and character of the holes, and amazing scenery over the Pacific Ocean and neighboring beaches make it a very special experience. The links have previously hosted the New Zealand Amateur Championship in 2003, along with three Australasian PGA Tour Events.

Overnight: At Sea

2 MARCH, THURSDAY: AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND (7:30AM / 6:00PM)

Akaroa is named after the Māori word for “Long Harbor”, and is a village situated in the heart of an ancient volcano on the South Island of New Zealand. Its waters are home to the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector’s Dolphin, and it is a haven for animal lovers. Spot New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins, and various sea-life. Take a tour of an Alpaca farm and get up close and personal with the unique animals. View the Colonial architecture, crafts, and cafés as you explore the Outer Bays. For some great surf, visit Le Bons Bay or Okains Bay beaches. The drama of the landscape allows you to slow down to take it all in. Enjoy it on your own arrangements or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

GOLF: Christchurch Golf Club has a proud history that dates back to 1873. The club is the second oldest in New Zealand and the fifth oldest outside the United Kingdom. Its Shirley Links course has held numerous New Zealand Open and Amateur Championships. In 1990 it hosted the World Amateur Team Championship. The course is renowned world-wide as a challenging championship course of the highest quality which offers a fair test of golf for both club and professional golfer. The Club Patron is former Club Champion Sir Bob Charles, New Zealand’s most successful professional golfer, best known for winning the 1963 British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, England.

Overnight: At Sea

3 MARCH, FRIDAY: NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND (5:00PM / OVERNIGHT)

Morning and afternoon at sea. Napier is located in Hawke’s Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island.   It has a population of 60,000 and together with its sister city Hastings, is referred to as one of “The Bay Cities.” Its exceptional concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture is symptomatic of the city having been razed by the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake. Make a pilgrimage to Pania of the Reef, a statue of a figure of Māori mythology, and one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country. Take a guided walk around the city, or visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Spend a day testing out the local vineyards or stop by the Napier farmers’ market for fresh artisan products. Enjoy it on your own arrangements or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

4 MARCH, SATURDAY: NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND (IN PORT / 1:00PM)

GOLF: Cape Kidnappers is consistently rated the #1 course in New Zealand and has received critical acclaim from around the golfing world. This Tom Doak design occupies a huge expanse of property, with the drive from the public road to the clubhouse taking you through a sheep and cattle station. The golf course is set on pristine land, wedged between the station and the huge cliffs of the Cape. The much photographed course has a number of holes separated by deep ravines which run down to the South Pacific Ocean. The course also offers commanding views over the wine region of Hawkes Bay and the nearby small port town of Napier. PLEASE NOTE: The ship’s scheduled stop in Napier allows only time for 9 holes at Cape Kidnappers, and consequently we have included 9 holes in the golf package. Guests wishing to play 18 holes may utilize our optional Cape Kidnappers/The Kinloch Club overnight option.

Overnight: At Sea

GOLF OPTION – Cape Kidnappers & The Kinloch Club US$835

An option at supplementary cost is provided for guests to play a full 18 holes at the world renowned Cape Kidnappers with overnight stay, PLUS an opportunity to play the outstanding Kinloch Club, already rated #1 in New Zealand by many industry experts. An amazing double!

  • Disembark in Napier – 4 March (8:00AM)
  • 18 holes at Cape Kidnappers (upgraded from standard 9 hole inclusion)
  • Overnight with dinner & drinks, plus breakfast at Taupo Hotel
  • 18 holes at The Kinloch Club
  • All ground transfers for golf and to rejoin ship in Tauranga (circa 4 hours over 2 days)
  • Rejoin Azamara Journey in Tauranga – 5 March (4:00PM)
  • Non-Golfing spouses are welcome to join (reduced rate supplement applies)

5 MARCH, FRIDAY: TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND (9:00AM / 8:00PM)

Tauranga is situated midway on the North Island’s eastern coast, and was settled by the Maori in the 13th century. It is now the most populous city in New Zealand’s renowned Bay of Plenty. A popular coastal town with a subtropical climate, Tauranga features beautiful golden beaches, lush parks, and a laidback atmosphere, while offering an array of adventures including dolphin watching, hiking, fishing, sailing, and diving. Choose from nature discovery tours, a Tauranga sightseeing trip, or even a jet boat ride. Head to Mount Maunganui—a favorite locale with both surfers and hikers alike—or visit such sites as Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, Kaiate Falls, and The Strand waterfront area for its variety of restaurants, pubs, cafes, and nightclubs. Enjoy it on your own arrangements or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

Overnight: At Sea

6 MARCH, MONDAY: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (7:00AM / IN PORT)

9:00AM Disembark

Auckland is the capital and most populous city in New Zealand. The only city in the world built on an active basaltic volcanic field; it’s warm, coastal climate allows for surfing at black-sand beaches, picnics in secluded coves, or horseback riding. Tour a sheep farm, take a guided tour of the coastal rainforest, or go on a harbor cruise. Immerse yourself in Auckland’s art, Māori culture, and history. View the beauty of the coastline from above when you go hang gliding, or take a trip around the winemaking regions of either Matakana or Waiheke Island.

2017 Australia and New Zealand Golf Cruise – Sailing Itinerary – day by day:

SUN 19-FEB Sydney, Australia Embark
MON 20-FEB Sydney, Australia Docked 5:00 pm
TUE 21-FEB At Sea Cruising
WED 22-FEB Melbourne, Australia Docked 8:00 am 9:00 pm
THU 23-FEB At Sea Cruising
FRI 24-FEB Port Arthur, Tasmania Tendered 7:00 am 1:00 pm
FRI 24-FEB Hobart, Tasmania Docked 6:30 pm
SAT 25-FEB Hobart, Tasmania Docked 6:00 pm
SUN 26-FEB At Sea Cruising
MON 27-FEB At Sea Cruising
TUE 28-FEB Milford Sound – New Zealand Cruising 7:00 am 10:00 am
WED 1-MAR Dunedin, New Zealand Docked 10:00 am 7:00 pm
THU 2-MAR Akaroa, New Zealand Tendered 7:30 am 6:00 pm
FRI 3-MAR Napier, New Zealand Docked 5:00 pm
SAT 4-MAR Napier, New Zealand Docked 1:00 pm
SUN 5-MAR Tauranga, New Zealand Docked 9:00 am 8:00 pm
MON 6-MAR Auckland, New Zealand Debark 7:00 am

Included with your GolfAhoy booking:

  • FREE AzAmazing Evenings* event
  • Private AMEX hosted cocktail party – Meet & Greet [GolfAhoy clients]
  • Private Invitation to special AMEX Shore Excursion Extravaganza [GolfAhoy clients]
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas

*AzAmazing Evenings – each private, bespoke AzAmazing Evenings event offers guests an opportunity to experience the best of local culture in a unique way.

#1 Client Requested Stateroom category V1 Club Veranda Staterooms. Stateroom size: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq. m). Veranda: 40 sq. ft. (3.7 sq. m). These Club Veranda Staterooms sell out first, reserve one now with a US$1,100 deposit for two.

Recommended best value by GolfAhoy

From US$7999 pp/dbl Cat V1 Club Veranda Stateroom

Final payment not due until October 2016

Club Veranda Stateroom Amenities:

  • Egyptian cotton bed linen with duvet
  • Terry bathrobes and slippers
  • 24-hour room service
  • Welcome fruit basket at embarkation
  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Tote bag
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine-service
  • Turndown treats
  • Daily news bulletin
  • Two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Sitting area with sofa bed
  • Veranda
  • Flat-screen television
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer

Featured ‘Best of the Best’ – Club World Owner’s Suite from US$16,699 pp/dbl

Featured ‘Best of the Best’ – Club Ocean Suite fromUS$15,699 pp/dbl

Featured  ‘Best of the Best’ – Club Continent Suite from US$9,899 pp/dbl

Owners Suite: 560 sq. ft. (52 sq. m). Veranda: 233 sq. ft. (21.7 sq. m). Owners Suite from US$16,699 pp/dbl

Club World Owner’s Suite Amenities:

  • English Butler service
  • Priority check-in and departure
  • Unpacking and packing of luggage
  • Complimentary garment pressing for two items
  • Welcome sparkling wine and fruit basket
  • Daily savories between 4-6 pm
  • En-Suite afternoon tea service
  • En-Suite dining from restaurant menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary seating throughout the voyage in specialty dining restaurants
  • Opportunity to book en-suite spa services
  • One 375 ml. bottle each of Stolichnaya Vodka, Bacardi Gold Rum, Bombay Sapphire Gin, and Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch
  • Separate living room
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Master bedroom with two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Convertible sofa bed in some rooms
  • Marble master bath with whirlpool tub and shower
  • Guest bathroom
  • Veranda
  • Flat-screen television
  • DVD/CD player
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hair dryer

“At Azamara Club Cruises®, the world is your oyster—and this oyster comes with internationally acclaimed ships ready to take you to some of the amazing destinations in the world. Our 686-guest club-like ships also take you to ports where larger ships won’t fit.”

The Chef’s Table – have a seat. For US$95, experience a five-course meal paired with selected wines to accentuate each dish, hosted by a senior officer and a GolfAhoy PGA head pro escort. Choose from three wine degustation menus – Italian, French and Californian. Savor this intimate unforgettable journey through five beautifully presented courses. Very limited availability – please reserve with your GolfAhoy agent at time of booking.

Course Links – golf shore excursion choices below:

The Lakes Golf Club Sydney http://www.thelakesgolfclub.com.au/cms/

Yarra Yarra GC Melbourne http://www.yarrayarra.com.au/cms/

Tasmania Golf Club http://tasmaniagolfclub.com.au/

Barnbougle Dunes GC Tasmania http://barnbougle.com.au/

Lost Farm GC Tasmania http://barnbougle.com.au/play/lost-farm/

Chisholm Park GC Dunedin http://www.chisholmparkgolfclub.co.nz/

Christchurch Golf Club http://www.christchurchgolf.co.nz/layouts/terraces/Template.aspx?page=Home&ComeFromCat=105

Cape Kidnappers GC http://www.capekidnappers.com/

Combine the Cruise Fare with Golf for the total cost.

 Main Golf Package & Additional Golf OPTIONS:

Golfer

Non-Golfer

MAIN Golf Package – 6 courses per itinerary
US$2,935
N/A
Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm: 1 night / 2 courses
US$1,545
US$1,385
Cape Kidnappers & The Kinloch: 1 night / 2 courses
US$835
US$595

GOLF OPTION – Cape Kidnappers & The Kinloch Club US$835

An option at supplementary cost is provided for guests to play a full 18 holes at the world renowned Cape Kidnappers with overnight stay, PLUS an opportunity to play the outstanding Kinloch Club, already rated #1 in New Zealand by many industry experts. An amazing double!

  • Disembark in Napier – 4 March (8:00AM)
  • 18 holes at Cape Kidnappers (upgraded from standard 9 hole inclusion)
  • Overnight with dinner & drinks, plus breakfast at Taupo Hotel
  • 18 holes at The Kinloch Club
  • All ground transfers for golf and to rejoin ship in Tauranga (circa 4 hours over 2 days)
  • Rejoin Azamara Journey in Tauranga – 5 March (4:00PM)
  • Non-Golfing spouses are welcome to join (reduced rate supplement applies)

GOLF OPTION – Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm US$1,545

An option at supplementary cost is provided for guests (instead of playing Tasmania Golf Club) to visit the world renowned Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm;

  • Disembark in Port Arthur – 24 February (8:00AM)
  • Round trip transfer by private aircraft (45 mins) direct to Barnbougle Dunes
  • 18 holes at Barnbougle Dunes
  • Overnight with dinner & drinks, plus breakfast at Barnbougle Dunes Cottages
  • 18 holes at Barnbougle Lost Farm
  • Rejoin Azamara Journey in Hobart – 25 February (5:00PM)
  • Non-Golfing spouses are welcome to join (reduced rate supplement applies)

Please note Barnbougle is a facility which does not permit golf carts. Caddies available on request.

VIDEOS

  1. Azamara Journey VIDEO: https://youtu.be/X19BUIk8waw
  2. Life Onboard: You’re Taken Care Of With Azamara VIDEO: https://youtu.be/HCcAy3hlU1s
  3. Azamara – Food & Wine VIDEO: https://youtu.be/TBmQ71vRZ20?list=PL685wJjgBqNHvsIXqzDRFgOkf8gSnuD7u

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