Our second experience gift is the ultimate golf-travel splurge. Julian Robertson, developer of the luxurious Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers, personally curated a slate of activities that pack his favorite New Zealand experiences into a nine-day guided itinerary. Three-day stays at each of his properties (the aforementioned resorts, plus his newest addition, Matakauri Lodge, on the South Island near Queenstown) are at the center of the Tiger Tour, with off-course adventures ranging from sailing in the Bay of Islands to exploring the 6,000-acre Cape Kidnappers sheep ranch on a quad bike to soaring in a helicopter above the fjords and glaciers of Milford Sound. Everyone has seen pictures of Tom Doak's Cape Kidnappers, with its dramatic fingers of land high atop the sea cliffs. It's hard to believe that playing this course—not to mention David Harman's Kauri Cliffs and the South Island's ultra-scenic Jack's Point—might rank among the less-dramatic activities of this tour. Two Tiger Tours, one by commercial aircraft and one by private jet, are set for March and April of 2013 and limited to just a handful of couples.
$13,900 NZD per person for commercial air transfers; $24,900 NZD per person for travel by private jet. (Note: As of this writing, 1 NZD equals $0.81 USD.) capekidnappers.com/tiger-tour-2013