About Us

History of Playing Around New Zealand

In the summer of 2003, a passion for golf and travel prompted Will Owen to buy a small minibus and begin offering a daily golf service for visitors to Christchurch, New Zealand. Through hotel and online marketing this service became popular and Will expanded the tours to include other destinations on the South Island. In 2004 Will conducted his first multi-day tour for a golf group from Australia along with several self-drive itineraries for visiting golfers from across the globe. By the summer of 2005 Playing Around New Zealand was firmly established and Will began employing the services of first class guides to assist him in making his tour service truly nationwide. Fast forward to 2016 and thousands of golfers from across the world have enjoyed the first class itinerary planning and tour services of Will and his team at Playing Around New Zealand, lifelong friendships have been formed and several visitors have returned to New Zealand for their second, third and even fourth golf trip! Will now leads a small team of dedicated professionals from his Auckland office. During the past ten years he has built superb relationships with the best New Zealand golf courses and accommodation providers to ensure that golf visitors who use his services have the best possible travel experience. The company also owns several Mercedes vehicles that are exclusively available for self-drive and guided golf tours. Playing Around New Zealand has recently begun an outbound program for New Zealand golfers which ensures that Will and his team can experience and take ideas from world-class golf and services that are available in the USA, Europe and Asia. As members of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand (TIANZ) and the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) you are assured of the highest standards of service and integrity. Contact us today and allow one of our New Zealand based experts to supply an itinerary which will provide you with the perfect New Zealand golf tour.

The Team

William Owen

Will Owen (2)

Will is the Managing Director and founder of Playing Around New Zealand. He has spent the last twelve years living and breathing New Zealand golf travel and utilizes his vast experience and knowledge when planning New Zealand golf travel itineraries for visitors from across the globe. Recently he has also been organising International trips for New Zealand golfers and following a successful trip in 2014 he hopes to be an annual visitor to The Masters in Augusta. Away from the business Will spends most of his time with his young family, fishing on the Hauraki Gulf or on the golf course where he plays off a 10 handicap.

Peter Sisson

Peter Sisson

Peter is the company Tour Director and is likely to be the friendly face that greets you when you arrive at Auckland Airport. After 20 years importing and distributing golf equipment, Peter joined the Playing Around New Zealand team in 2010. With his experience and knowledge of just about every golf course in New Zealand, along with a friendly and humorous personality, Peter is the perfect tour manager and host. Peter is an avid golfer and has played Auckland inter club competition off a single figure handicap for over 35 years.

Rebecca Owen


Rebecca took over the reins as Operations Manager in 2009 following a career in Project Management. Rebecca ensures that every detail of each itinerary is personally taken care of and when our guests make a request she is the person that makes everything happen! Away from the business Rebecca is kept very busy by her young family but enjoys watching live sport and taking overseas trips. She also hopes to return to playing golf in the near future.

Jackie Cope


Having spent several years working for Barclays Bank in England, Jackie now takes care of all the administrative duties in the Playing Around New Zealand office. Jackie has experienced leisure travel to all corners of the globe and more recently the length and breadth of New Zealand. She frequently offers the tour team recommendations for good New Zealand restaurants and wine!

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