New Zealand offers more golf courses per capita than any other country in the world and every year around 3% of all international holiday visitors play golf while visiting “The Land of Long White Cloud.” (Perhaps it should be called “The Land of Little White Golf Balls.”)
Queenstown has its fair share of luxury golf courses, even offering heli-golf along with remarkable (and distracting) views from the greens. Home to The New Zealand Golf Open for the past three years, the international golfing spotlight is now firmly shining on the region and for good reason.
Hosted at two spectacular golf courses – The Hills and Millbrook Resort – the tournament incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of Professional and Amateur golfers.
The Millbrook Resort course in nearby Arrowtown is considered by some to be one of the finest alpine golf courses in the world. Millbrook is a five-star golf and lifestyle resort and a 3-time winner of the World Travel Award for ‘Leading Golf Resort in Australasia’. No wonder golf tourists love Millbrook’s stay & play packages and the 27-hole championship golf course and covered driving range.
Iconic Kiwi songstress Anika Moa will headline an open air concert to be held on the Saturday night of the tournament, held at The Hills. Known for playing her New Zealand brand of acoustic folk-pop songs, Anika Moa was named one of the ‘Top 10 Kiwi music successes of the past 10 years’ by the New Zealand Herald in 2009.
Even if not a golfer, there are many good reasons to check out this major spectator sport and the singing in Queenstown before, during or after the tournament.
Editor’s note. When I’m not chasing little white balls down fairways, I like to walk around the lake in QT. Ask my friends at NZ Walks for some ideas of what you can do there, whether you fancy heli-golf, heli-skiing, survivor-in-the-wild course or a guided nature walk.