June 2017: Golf in New Zealand
New Zealand has almost 400 golf courses and the second highest number of courses per capita in the world.
Strategically located near either snow-capped mountains or isolated coastal stretches (and in some cases both) these locations provide not only superb natural backdrops for playing golf but the added bonus of breath-taking scenery.
Over the past 20 years, the New Zealand golfing landscape has been greatly enhanced by the work of world-class architects such as Tom Doak, Robert Trent Jones Jnr, Jack Nicklaus and David Harman who have designed at least 12 courses (complete with five-star accommodation and cuisine).
Our recommended golf itineraries – New Zealand Golf Trail
, North Island Golf Trail
, South Island Golf Trail
– will take your clients to the best courses in the country, highlighting other great things to see and do along the way.
Read about the 14 marquee courses below, from north to south, and find out more in our Top Golf Courses of New Zealand
e-book (a great resource to send to your clients interested in a golf trip to New Zealand).
NORTHLAND & AUCKLAND
This is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed golf courses. Fifteen of the 18 holes offer sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and golf writers consistently describe it as a “must-see, must-play” course. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs offers stunning luxury accommodation.
Wainui Golf Club
Just 30 minutes north of Auckland's CBD lies one of the country's newest golf experiences.
Wainui features an 18-hole championship course with five sets of tees, as well as a nine-hole short course. Although close to the city, the property still captures the rugged beauty of Kiwi landscapes.
Gulf Harbour Country Club
On the Whangaparaoa Peninsula – 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Auckland.
Trent Jones Jnr kept this course mostly open to the elements so that when the wind blows, par or a score anywhere near that represents a fine day’s golf.
Windross Farm Golf Course
Set amongst iconic New Zealand countryside and located within 30 minutes of Auckland city, Windross Farm is the site for the LPGA Tour's Mckayson New Zealand Women's Open.
Both the clubhouse and facilities have been designed with a minimalistic and understated philosophy and they truly complement the unique 18-hole golf course.
Titirangi Golf Club
Titirangi Golf Club is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Auckland situated in a beautiful bushland setting between the lower slopes of the Waitakere Ranges and the Manukau Harbour.
The Kinloch Club
Kinloch showcases a design philosophy that aims to enhance the natural environment – allowing the surroundings of the stunning Taupō region to shape each hole. The new on-site luxury lodge provides exquisite accommodation, food, wine, and activities overlooking the course and Great Lake Taupō.
Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary
Wairakei – a golf course in a sanctuary – has to be the quintessential New Zealand golf experience. Only 10 minutes by road from Lake Taupō, Wairakei sits apart inside a predator-free sanctuary, located in an extraordinary geothermal area.
Cape Kidnappers brings together a world-class golf course and five-star luxury lodge accommodation in a spectacular location – an iconic promontory of rugged cliffs and farmland overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club
New Zealand’s “Spiritual Home of Golf”, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is considered to be one of the best links courses in the Southern Hemisphere and is just an hour by road north of the nation’s capital city.
Set in beautiful parklands, next to a river with dominant native trees and bush, the gentle contoured fairways are laced together by streams and lakes. As a testament to the calibre of the golf course, it will host the 2017 Asia Pacific Amateur.
Clearwater Golf Club
Clearwater is located 15 minutes from Christchurch city centre and only a few minutes from the city's international airport. During their rounds golfers can enjoy breath-taking views of the South Island’s Southern Alps mountain range.
One of the world’s most unique golf experiences, The Hills blends a championship golf course, award winning facilities, and a multi-million dollar sculpture park into one of the most beautiful settings in the world. An exclusive-use luxury lodge is on-site.
Set in a dramatic natural amphitheatre of bare rock surrounded by the high snow-capped peaks of the Remarkables mountain range, a round of golf at Millbrook is both a test of golfing skills and an exploration of a unique natural environment.
Just 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Queenstown, and located beneath the Remarkables mountain range on the edge of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, the course winds its way through a variety of schist outcrops, native wetland and bush areas filled with local wildlife which make Jack’s Point their home.