Top 10 New Zealand Golf Courses

From luxurious accommodations and amazing courses, to the dramatically beautiful scenery - golfing in New Zealand has it all.

New Zealand offers golf for every level of enthusiast, and more often than not, luxurious accommodations with incredible hospitality are on site or just moments away. 

The most important thing to remember when golfing in New Zealand is a golf course has 10 personalities on any given day, and the scenery is just as dramatic as the layout of the course.  So even if your reason for travelling is not purely golf, you’ll feel like you saw New Zealand, especially if you pair up with some locals. 

Your greatest battle could be choosing which course to play.  Here are some of our favorite courses, and just a few reasons you should play them.

1. Kauri Cliffs:  Both Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure named Kauri Cliffs the best lodge in Australia in 2011.  It has hosted the Kiwi Challenge.

2. Cape Kidnappers:  The 16th Par 5 offers incredible views.  The clubhouse is designed like a New Zealand shearing shed, and the onsite luxury resort makes this a complete destination.

3. Jack’s Point:  Located outside “must see” Queenstown, a newer course, with the stunning Remarkables Mountains for a backdrop.  A great day out.

4. Millbrook Resort:  Great destination luxury resort outside Queenstown.  27 holes, a wonderful spa and excellent dining on site, which reflect the French history.

5. Clearwater Golf Course:  Home of the New Zealand Open, plenty of trout-filled streams and a true links style.  Playable year-round and five tee positions makes it great for all players abilities.

6. Terrace Downs:  A great stopover point in the high country South Island.  You could be golfing in the morning and salmon or trout fishing in the afternoon.  Jet boating, hiking, and horse riding are just some of the other activities available.

7. Kinloch:  For the historic golfer, this course is for you.  It is steeped in tradition with beautiful wide-open fairways, and always a pleasure to play.

8. Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club: A true links style course and only 45 minutes from Wellington.  On many golfer’s bucket lists, it's quite a challenging course!

9. The Hills:  Located outside Queenstown, this is a by-invitation experience, of the same calibre as Leopard Creek, South Africa.  Statues crafted by New Zealand artists are located throughout the course.

10. Wairakei Golf Course and Sanctuary:  Located within the Wairakei Geothermal Park on the North Island, the focus on returning the vegetation back to its original state is astounding.  The Pouwhenua pole carving at the entrance displays the strong Maori culture in the area. 

One of the other hidden benefits of golfing in New Zealand is the fact that several of the golf courses are located in regions with amazing vineyards.

Many of our staff are avid golfers and love their wine.  Contact us today and allow us to design a unique and exciting itinerary just for you, specialising in the countries we know best, Australia and New Zealand!

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