The North Island boasts 10 out of New Zealand's 14 Marquee Courses and is renowned for its sweeping coastlines, rolling hills and tranquil beaches.

Tee off on the world famous cliff-top courses of Kauri Cliffs in the Bay of Islands and Cape Kidnappers in the Hawke’s Bay, both ranked among the top 50 courses in the world according to Golf Digest. Linger for a while in the Hawke’s Bay to experience stunning vineyards, relaxing cycle tours and iconic art deco architecture. Visit Taupo in the centre of the North Island to play Wairakei surrounded by native greenery, or try the nearby Jack Nicklaus designed Kinloch Club in the lakeside settlement of Kinloch.

At the bottom of the North Island you'll find Wellington - the "coolest little capital in the world". The recently redesigned Royal Wellington Golf Club and the iconic links at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club will round out an incredible offering of North Island golf.

North Island golf courses are accessible, diverse and will test a wide variety of shots. Visit the North Island to play our best golf courses and while you’re here, sample exquisite food and wine, experience Māori culture, and stroll through some of our largest cities. The eight courses (below) were selected for their location, scenery, architectural merit and ability to meet the expectations of a travelling golfer.

Recommended Experiences

  1. Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

    Kauri Cliffs is a par 72 championship golf course with ocean views from 15 holes. Ranked in the world top 100. PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker called it "Pebble Beach on steroids".

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  2. Titirangi Golf Club

    New Zealand’s only Alister MacKenzie-designed golf course. Titirangi is a world-class golf course situated in a beautiful bushland setting between the lower slopes of the Waitakere Ranges and the Manukau Harbour. Founded in 1909.

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  3. 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.

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  4. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

    Cape Kidnappers features eighteen holes of golf designed by world renowned golf architect Tom Doak. Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf.

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