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Wairakei International Golf Course
Originally built by the New Zealand government’s Tourist Hotel Corporation, the Wairakei International Golf Course is set midway between Auckland and Wellington, in the heart of the picturesque Lake Taupo region. Built as a green fee facility rather than a club facility, the course is open to all who are passing through. Wairakei is firmly established on both the domestic and international golf radar having been rated by the prestigious US Golf Digest magazine to be in the top 100 courses in the world outside of the USA.
Just twenty minutes down the road at the lakeside village of Kinloch lies the Jack Nicklaus designed Kinloch Club. The course, renowned as an extremely challenging 18-hole offering, is a departure from Nicklaus’ trademark parkland style course and cleverly integrates the spectacular lakeside location and rugged nature of its surrounds into the design. Upon opening in 2007, Kinloch gained an immediate ranking as one of the Top New Courses in the World outside North America.
Two and a half hours drive from Lake Taupo is the spectacular Cape Kidnappers in the famous wine region - Hawke's Bay. Sister property to Kauri Cliffs GC in the North, Cape Kidnappers is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the-best, golf courses in New Zealand. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape with spectacular sea views, there are few sites as magnificent than the Tom Doak-designed course. The course is also accompanied by luxury accommodation on-site, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.