Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary

Wairakei lies on 180 hectares of natural rolling countryside, 6460 metres from championship tees with 108 large well placed bunkers and was developed to meet the rigorous design standards required for world-class championship competitions.

18 Holes
Par 72


  • Designed by Peter Thomson
  • Rated no.1 course in NZ in 2011 by a NZ readers choice survey


Best time of year

November - April

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Wairakei golf course has been skillfully designed to blend with the surrounding native bush. Prolific birdsong, picturesque scenery and a unique pest-proof sanctuary (the first of its kind) has led to Wairakei being recognised as New Zealand’s number one golf course.

The predator free sanctuary offers a safe haven to fallow deer and many birdlife including mixed colour pheasants, guinea fowl, peking ducks and our nation’s icon, the kiwi, which are all free to roam around the course.

The Golf Course

Par 72, 18 hole championship golf course, 5 Tees

Signature hole

The short Par 4 8th (Farmer's Folly) and the long Par 5 14th (The Rogue)

Mens tee Womens tee
NZGA slope 110 - 130 128 - 139
Course rating 66.8 - 73.4 71.5 - 76.6
Course length 5084 - 6460m 5084 - 5853m


All amounts are in $NZ and include GST

Price per round
Adult (18 holes) $175
Replay rate $100
NZ golf club member $135
Australian golf club member $175


  • 18 hole championship golf course
  • Fully stocked golf shop
  • Two on course professional golf coaches
  • Full fleet of golf carts
  • Executive hire clubs, shoes and trundlers
  • Practise tee, short game area & putting green
  • Fully licensed Clubhouse & Sprig Bar
  • Lessons available


  • Championship golf course
  • Predator free sanctuary
  • Number 1 ranked golf course in New Zealand (P.G.A survey & NZ Golf magazine readers choice)

Opening Times


Pro Shop (Starters office)


Club House

8.30am. Club times are from 12pm - 2pm on Wednesday & Sundays

Members days and Maintenance

Closed for maintenance one week in March and September.

Where to stay

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