Golf shows off the best of New Zealand

With the second highest number of golf courses per capita in the world, playing golf in NZ is not only a pleasure but also a great way to meet the locals.


Known as the winterless north with magnificent Kauri forests inland and kilometres of sparkling coastline hosting a wealth of water sports, Northland is also home to the par 72 championship Kauri Cliffs golf course.

Designed by Florida’s David Harman the course takes you through a series of breath taking holes on cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean and inland holes meandering through marsh, forest and farmland.


With its twin harbours and a landscape dotted with volcanic cones, large multi-cultural population and constantly evolving restaurant, nightlife and activity scene Auckland is a striking city.

Its golf courses are equally impressive with one of the standouts being the Gulf Harbour Country Club, a par 72 golf course designed by American Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course hosted the 1998 World Cup of Golf and several New Zealand Opens.

Hawke's Bay

Often referred to as the food bowl of New Zealand, the Hawkes Bay’s temperate climate has given rise to a world renown wine industry and produce sought by chefs from one end of the country to the other.

It’s also a great place for a game of golf with the Cape Kidnappers Golf Course coming in at the number one place to tee off.

Prize winning golf course designer Tom Doak sums up its attributes,” If Cape Kidnappers were a book it would be an epic …”


With wide open river-braided plains bordered by ocean on one side and the Southern Alps on the other, the Canterbury region provides ideal terrain for everything from trout fishing to skiing.

Golf is no exception and the Terrace Downs resort’s 550 acre High Country course at the foot of the Southern Alps has to be one of the most impressive spots in the country for a round.

The 18-hole, par 72 championship course encompasses 11 lakes and 70 bunkers so there is plenty of challenge for all.


In 1871 the Otago Golf Club became New Zealand’s very first golf club and the sport has been a passionate past time for locals ever since. In Queenstown, an Otago resort town on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, locals and visitors have the choice of three exceptional courses.

Beneath the jagged Remarkables mountain range, Jack’s Point Golf Course, boasts an 18 hole par 72 championship course with magnificent views from every hole.

Not far away the Sir Bob Charles designed par 72 Millbrook Golf Course offers golfers the perfect follow up to an exhilarating round with the choice of several restaurants, revitalising spa treatments and luxurious resort accommodation.

The third course is The Hills, developed by local business entrepreneur Michael Hill. Sir Bob Charles considers this to be the best course in the country with something for all – “The course is an incredible challenge for the great – and incredibly enjoyable for the not so great! “


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