March 2014: Golf in New Zealand

New Zealand boasts more than 390 golf courses, which is the second highest number of courses per capita in the world! From friendly club courses to internationally known championship courses that attract the crème de la crème of the golf world - New Zealand has a course that will suit your client’s needs.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, Hawkes Bay
The thin coastal topography of the land coupled with its hilly interior has produced a rich legacy of varied courses from classical links, scattered mainly along the coastlines, to the more traditional parkland courses further inland.

Your clients will no longer be yelling “four” down the fairway after a few rounds in New Zealand, so be sure to include a round or two in your clients New Zealand itinerary.

Click here to discover the best North Island golf courses.

To explore the best South Island golf courses click here.

We are excited to share with you a range of products available around New Zealand.


Kauri Cliffs
This is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed golf courses. The course was designed by the late David Harman and opened in 1999. Fifteen of the 18 holes afford 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. 

Carrington Club
This 18-hole course – designed by American Matt Dye – has sweeping views of the ocean. This is an isolated course within a beautiful wetlands setting on the KariKari Peninsula. Peppers Carrington Club offers a range of accommodation for your clients.


Cape Kidnappers
Described as ‘one of the most compelling modern layouts in golf with unforgettable coastal views’, Cape Kidnappers is a truly unforgettable experience. The course was designed by Tom Doak, one of America’s most respected architects. Cape Kidnappers offers a range of luxury accommodation.


The Kinloch Club
This Jack Nicklaus designed course offers fantastic conditions all year round and has been compared with many of the great links courses found in Scotland. The Kinloch Club offers two luxurious accommodation options. Alternatively, Treetops Lodge and Estate is located one hour’s drive or 10 minutes by helicopter from The Kinloch Club.



Designers Sir Bob Charles and John Darby have succeeded in developing an inland course that has a distinctive links feel. The openness of the course – and lack of trees – allows golfers to enjoy the breathtaking views of the South Island’s Southern Alps mountain range. Peppers Clearwater Resort accommodation includes modern rooms, suites and villas.

Terrace Downs

Terrace Downs Resort is located at the foothills of the Southern Alps, 50 minutes’ drive from Christchurch Airport. Offering a unique mixture of Parklands and Links style, your clients will enjoy this par 72, 18-hole championship course. Terrace Downs offers a range of deluxe accommodation.


Millbrook Resort

Millbrook Resort is one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses and co-hosted the 2014 NZ Open tournament. The course is described as “Alpine Meadow with a links influence” – a mix between the world-class immaculately manicured “Parklands” courses and “Link” courses. Millbrook is a five star accommodation resort – including award winning day spa - that was voted No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in 2013 and 2014 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The Hills

The Hills was designed by Darby Partners and has a challenging layout offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. This course hosts many significant professional golf tournaments including co-hosting the 2014 NZ Open tournament. The Lodge at the Hills is a luxury lodge offering an exclusive experience for up to 12 guests.

Over The Top Golf

For something unique try extreme golfing! Begin with a helicopter ride to one of the most picturesque par 3 golf holes in the world - sitting at 4500ft, surrounded by pure alpine air, towering mountains and high country tussock with Queenstown and the aqua-blue Lake Wakatipu below.
The 'Over The Top Par 3' altitude golf hole has four tees to choose from with the 'Over The Top - Black Tee' and 'The Keyhole - White Tee' playing their art.