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MANA HIstory


James Varnam grew up in a low-resource family so started to work from a young age.  His first job was to collect golf balls off the driving range at a golf course.  Eventually he was promoted to being a caddy, and one day he was invited to play. Hours upon hours of practice, and countless rounds of golf, earned James the opportunity to play in the Pacific Tour PGA. His sponsor for the tour requested that one day, he return the favour by introducing him to James' home country - New Zealand.  And thus, Mana Luxury Golf Excursions was conceived. 



We believe private touring offers the highest level of service, flexibility, and safety possible. Our journeys are designed to dovetail your comfort with the things that make your destination country unique: Its ecology and natural history, the traditions and spirituality, the history, and the unbelievable scenery and dynamic people. We are perfectionists; our tours are always organized to the smallest detail, for those who wish to uncover pristine beauty whilst receiving exceptional service and attention.

Mana People

The key to every culture lies with its inhabitants and our local guides are the best. Your needs are met. Personal valet, shopper, bodyguard, driver, caddy, tiger-tamer, or concierge: our guides excel at supreme assistance. Not only that, but they’re excellent company. They aim to enliven you with authentic mana. Explore with them and you’ll gain insight into the diversities of each spectacular region via direct encounters. Their enthusiasm and extensive up-to-the-minute knowledge invites a distinctly real experience with the latest restaurant and entertainment ideas. You’ll experience culture, history, golf, and eccentricity in a stress-free, casual manner.

Mana Experience

No worries! Our personal attention to detail makes all the difference: you unwind and enjoy while we take care of everything. No baggage hustling, no check-in disorganization, just impeccable service and freedom. James Varnam is a New Zealand native and PGA professional who has been escorting amazing trips since 1989. Our guests enjoy the confidence of our team’s experience, wisdom and intuition. Accordingly, our tours are simply superb.

Mana Goal

Our goal is that you return home after your journey feeling you’ve truly encountered exceptional personality and splendor. We’ve established the benchmark for service with a smile, so you return with the insider’s view, seriously up close and personal.

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