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Circumnavigate New Zealand Golf Cruise – Seabourn Encore – 23 February to 11 March 2019

Luxury New Zealand Escorted Golf Cruise
Seabourn Encore

23 February to 11 March 2019 (16 Nights)

From $11,149 pp inclusive of up to 9 golf games and a minimum US$150 pp on board credit

Leading luxury golf cruise specialists, Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre, welcomes your joining us on this golf cruise aboard Seabourn Encore. This inclusive (that is your cruise fare includes all meals, all drinks alcoholic (premium) and non alcoholic at all times, stocked private mini bar in stateroom and all gratuities) luxury small ship cruising experience, with a maximum of 600 passengers, world class dining with 5 different restaurants, offers excellent appointments throughout.  Seabourn Encore was launched in late 2016. Difficult for any luxury cruise line to beat Seabourn Encore’s standard lead in staterooms which start from 32 sqm, offer a separate bath and shower (other than one category of room), twin hand basins and a private balcony.

We board Seabourn Encore early afternoon on Saturday 23 February 2019 to commence our cruise which circumnavigates New Zealand, including a diversion to historic Norfolk Island. Our tour includes 9 games of golf at many of New Zealand’s leading golf courses, with optional golf game upgrades in Russell and Napier to world top 50 golf courses – Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers.

New Zealand residents have option to pay in NZ$ and New Zealand golf programme has a reduced price for New Zealand residents (reduction equals the aggregate difference between green fee rate applicable for New Zealand residents and non-residents). For instance, the surcharge on Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers is A$270 pp (not A$500 pp) for New Zealand residents.

The cruise comes with a Virtuoso on-board credit (compliments of Trendsetter Travel) of US$150 pp and, from time to time, Seabourn offers various incentives which can include additional on-board credits.  Please note all Seabourn fares and benefits are subject to potential change by Seabourn until a cruise confirmation is given and deposit is paid. Current veranda suites are still available at average rates of A$1,000 per couple per day (A$7,999 pp for 16 nights) – exclusive of golf programme.

The cruise itinerary can be found here – Seabourn link

Your tour hosts David Cooper & Adrienne Witteman, Directors of Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre, are both enthusiastic golfers, and are both longstanding members of two prestigious Sydney golf clubs. They have golfed extensively throughout the world and many times in New Zealand.


Day 1 – Saturday 23 February 2019 – Auckland

You will fly independently to Auckland and board Seabourn Encore mid afternoon at the cruise terminal in down-town Auckland.

Meet your fellow tour participants for an early evening cocktail followed by dinner in the main restaurant.

Day 2 – Sunday 24 February 2019 – Russell (Golf) – in port from 8 am to 5 pm

Today we play the scenic Waitangi Golf Club, with its magnificent views across the Bay of Islands. Following golf there should be time to visit some of the local historic parts of Paihia, including the Treaty House where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. We will take a short ferry ride from Russell to Paihia and then coach to Waitangi Golf Club. It will be a great first day’s outing with golf and the opportunity to take in much of the local environ.

Alternatively, you can take up the option of playing the world ranked Kauri Cliffs (currently ranked # 49 by Golf Digest), a 45 minute drive from Paihia. A surcharge of A$500 pp (A$270 for NZ residents) applies in addition to the golf course programme cost.

Day 3 – Monday 25 February 2019 – Sea Day

Today we sail north to Norfolk Island and the sea day on Seabourn Encore allows you to experience the many activites available to guests on Seabourn Encore.

Day 4 – Tuesday 26 February 2019 – Norfolk Island – in port 7 am – 3 pm

We anchor early morning and tender to the town of Kingston on Norfolk Island and have the opportunity to either independently explore the historic island (perhaps by rental car) or take one of the many ship’s tours which will be on offer. Now part of Australia, Norfolk Island was once a penal colony and many of the original buildings have been retained.

Days 5/6 – Wednesday 27 February/Thursday 28 February 2019 – Sea Days

Day 7 – Friday 1 March 2019 – Fiordland and Milford Sound

Pray for fine weather today as there is no finer sight in New Zealand than awaking to the stunning beauty of Fiordland National Park and its famous mountain, Mitre Peak. Today is a day for snapping photo after photo of the gorgeous scenery, largely private to our ship since there is scant road access and few ships pass this way.

Day 8 – Saturday 2 March 2019 – Stewart Island (Oban – Half Moon Bay) - 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

We spend the day exploring New Zealand’s 3rd largest island but still largely undeveloped with few roads. Our day commences with a leisurely cruise into Half Moon Bay and after anchoring, a short tender into Oban. There are many excellent shore excursions on offer from Seabourn and/or perhaps have “fish and chips” at the local hotel.

Day 9 – Sunday 3 March 2019 – Dunedin (Golf) – in port 8 am – 6 pm

The prestigious Otago Golf Club is located 30 minutes from Dunedin’s Port Chalmers. Apart from being New Zealand’s oldest golf club, it has hosted the NZ Golf Open no fewer than 7 times. We invite you to try and replicate Arnold Palmer’s efforts – in one Open event in the 1960s Arnie drove the green of this famous hole, the par 4 Glenn Hole (photo).

Day 10 – Monday 4 March 2019 – Christchurch (Golf) – in port from 8.00 am – 7.00 pm

We will berth in the sheltered Akaroa Harbour and after tender to shore will take a scenic drive to Christchurch to play the city’s leading private golf club, Christchurch Golf Club. This club, the second oldest in New Zealand, has held 11 NZ Golf Opens, is secretly proud of its most illustrious son: Sir Bob Charles, New Zealand’s most famous golfer and winner of The Open in 1963. After returning to Akaroa, there should be ample time to wander around the historic French settlement township of Akaroa, prior to boarding Seabourn Encore for dinner and departure.

Day 11 – Tuesday 5 March 2019 (Golf) - Kaikoura – in port 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

A small rural town made famous over the past 20 years for the local tourism industry built around whale watching. However, the township was devastated by an earthquake in November 2016 and is now in recovery mode. Fortunately, the golf club and course was untouched by the earthquake and it is only a short drive for us to play the scenic Kaikoura Golf Club.

Day 12 – Wednesday 6 March 2019 – Nelson (Golf) – in port from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Nelson is a port town at the top of the South Island made famous due to its harbour and a reputation of having the most sunshine hours of anywhere in New Zealand. We will play one of New Zealand’s best links courses, Nelson Golf Club. The club has held numerous New Zealand amateur championships including the Men’s amateur in 2014.

Day 13 – Thursday 7 March 2019 - Wellington (Golf) - in port from 8.00 am – 11.00 pm

After entering the harbour early morning, we berth at the magnificent port city of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. We transfer 30 minutes north to the Hutt Valley and play the prestigious and recently (2013) redesigned Royal Wellington Golf Club. Now ranked comfortably within the top 10 New Zealand golf clubs, it is undoubtedly the finest park land layout in New Zealand. Since the club was founded in 1895, it has been the venue for 7 New Zealand Open championships.

Following our return from golf at Royal Wellington, there should be time for an independent stroll around down town Wellington, a city famous for its bar life and talented baristas.

Day 14 – Friday 8 March 2019 – Napier (Golf) - in port 8 am – 6 pm

We have a long port day in the historic and attractive port town of Napier. Many of the buildings have been constructed in art deco style after the rebuilding of the town (now a city) in the 1930s following a devastating earthquake in 1931 which destroyed most of the town.

We provide 2 options today – either play the highly rated Hastings Golf Club (locally known as Bridge Pa)  or you can take the option of playing the world rated Cape Kidnappers (currently ranked # 16 by Golf Digest). A surcharge of A$500 pp (A$270 for NZ residents) applies in addition to the golf course programme cost.

Day 15 – Saturday 9 March 2019 – Gisborne (Golf) - in port 7 am – 2pm

While we only have 7 hours in port in Gisborne, there will be enough time to play the nearby Poverty Bay Golf Links, the 5th oldest golf course in New Zealand and the 2nd oldest in the North Island. The course has held multiple New Zealand amateur events

Day 16 – Sunday 10 March 2019 - Tauranga (Golf) – in port 8 am – 7 pm

After breakfast, we will be transferred to nearby Mount Manganui Golf Club, one of New Zealand’s leading private golf clubs outside of the main metropolitan areas and a venue for many professional golf tournaments in years past.

After golf, there should be time to explore the delightful holiday town of Mount Manganui, affectionately known as “the Mount”, and perhaps even enjoy a swim at its famous beach.

Day 17 – Monday 11 March 2019 – Auckland (disembarkation) – 7 am

Say good bye to your new golf buddies – until next time – before disembarkation after breakfast.

We can organise both pre and post cruise extensions to holiday around New Zealand – and perhaps suggest some additional golf courses you may wish to play.

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The Finer Details...

Inclusions, pricing and various conditions of this escorted golf tour are:

February/March 2019 – 16 Night Auckland to Auckland Golf Cruise
Veranda Suite (28 to 35 sqm including veranda) – V1 Veranda Suite  (32 to 35 sqm including veranda)  V2 Veranda Suite   (32 to 35 sqm including veranda) V3 to V6 Penthouse Suites (From 51 sqm)
Cruise Fare (A$ pp) From $7999 $8,699 $9,399 to $11,499 Price on Application
Golf Package with 9 games – Golfer(A$ pp) – Fixed Price $3,150 $3,150 $3,150 $3,150
Total Cruise Fare with Golf Package – Golfer (A$ pp) From $11,149 $11,849 $12,549 to $14,649 Price on Application
Optional Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers Golf Package upgrade (A$ pp) – $1,000 ($540 for NZ residents) $1,000 ($540 for NZ residents) $1,000 ($540 for NZ residents) $1,000 ($540 for NZ residents)
Total Cruise Fare including Optional Golf Upgrade (A$ pp) – From $12,149 $12,849 $13,549 to $15,649 Price on Application

Given bookings are now inside 90 days, payment in full is required at the time of booking.  Full booking and contractual conditions are as per the contract section on the Seabourn web page ( TRAVEL INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Golf Package price for golfer is at fixed price of A$3,150 pp (plus A$1,000 upgrade cost if playing Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers) and includes 9 games of golf, coach transfers, motorised cart (subject to availability), prize money for each round and drinks post golf round. Price reductions apply where play at reciprocal clubs to participant’s home club of if elect to play less than the 9 golf games. Further reductions for NZ resident golfers.

The golf programme includes 9 games of golf as detailed in this itinerary. Trendsetter has booked or reserved the courses as specified but cannot be held responsible for any cancellation/s necessitated by a change to the ship’s itinerary due to weather or any other event, or late amendment by the golf course. If such an event occurs Trendsetter will refund to you in full any resultant refund. Where a tour participant chooses not to play a particular golf course, we will make a refund less any non-refundable amount. If for whatever reason, a golf cart is not available and you do not wish to, or are unable to, walk the course, Trendsetter will organise alternative golf at a similar course or provide a refund for that day’s golf. Sufficient golf carts have been booked at all courses we will play.

Prices and any incentives are correct as at 27 December 2018 and are subject to change if cruise prices and terms are amended. Please contact Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre for further information including current Seabourn cruise fares.

Tel. 0413 010 638 (St Leonards Golf Cruise Office)

Policies of Circumnavigate New Zealand Golf Cruise – Seabourn Encore – 23 February to 11 March 2019

Golf cruises offer golfers an interesting way to travel, enjoy your passion for the game and remain fit while partaking in the gourmet delights most luxury cruise ships offer.  For those looking at the options available for you and your fellow keen golfers, here are some pro tips to help you find a cruise that meets all your needs. Finally, your ship has come in!  

Check the itinerary

Check the itinerary before you book, to ensure it is a realistic schedule. Seek a cruise that features long and plentiful shore days at ports with good golf courses.  You will probably appreciate the occasional sea day to rest up and relax.  

Go all-inclusive to save

High-profile US tour companies typically price their golf at US$500 (A$650) plus per person per round in addition to the cost of the cruise. Trendsetter Travel and Cruise Centre specialises in small all-inclusive luxury ships, and recommends this for the best experience.  Playing the same courses as its more expensive pier group, the golf package component of a Trendsetter cruise less than half the price of its international competitors.  

Ship size does matter

Be wary of cruises for more than 1,300 passengers.  Large ships will give priority to their own tours when it comes to disembarking, preventing independently organised golfers from exiting the ship quickly.  Delays can mean missing tee-off times.  Even if you can overcome a late arrival, the delay can cause disappointment when you must abandon the course early to return to your cruise shipboat. David Cooper, the director of Trendsetter Travel, recommends selecting a cruise ship with between 100 and 900 passengers. “These smaller ships can also get to the smaller ports, such as St. Tropez, St. Malo, Menorca, Portofino, which all have great golf courses.”  

Make sure you get enough time at port

Most golf excursions take at least eight hours—including return transportation to the course, an un-pressured golf game and importantly time post golf at the club for refreshments and prize giving. To make the most of your day, aim for a minimum of ten hours in port. Your group will need to arrive at the course an hour prior to tee-off, and allow for a round of four balls to be completed (plan on four and ½ hours hours).  

Healthy competition and fair play

Select a golf cruise where the organisers incorporate adjustments up and down for players’ handicaps, after each round.  This means that the prize money is spread around over the tour. David Cooper advises to ask about this when you are booking.  “We run a handicap adjustment system after each round to establish a par stableford score for the day,” he says. “After eight games, the better performers may see their handicaps reduce perhaps two shots and the ‘battlers’ might earn four or five shots back.” Every tour golfer wants at least one collect.  

Swing your partner ‘round

Cooper advises, “Where our golf tour participants book as a couple, they will always play as a couple unless they request otherwise.”  If you are booking as a single or wish to enhance the challenge by playing outside of your group, find an organiser who is mindful of matching players’ handicaps, so that you can get the most out of the cruise.  

Beware the fake golf cruise

You may discover cruises advertised as a golf tour but, on closer inspection, find they only offer golfing pre and post cruise.  Check for this, as it might not be what you have in mind. Trendsetter golf cruises schedule a minimum of six games on cruise shore days.  David Cooper mentions, “We even create opportunities where a golf enthusiast can play additional optional rounds, and others can have a more limited golf programme depending on what they are looking for with equitable downward price adjustments.”   To learn more about the great golf cruises that Trendsetter Travel and Cruise Centre have available, please contact David on (02) 9428 5900 or on