"New Zealand is simply an amazing golf destination. It has some of the best golf courses I have ever played. It should be a must-visit place for golfers from all over the world. You won’t be disappointed."
Lydia Ko New Zealand golfer
New Zealand has a long history with golf as Scottish pioneers introduced the game over a century ago. In recent times, New Zealand's become home to world class courses and state of the art facilities. New Zealand has more than 400 golf courses. A selection of these have been hand-picked by industry experts and categorised into Marquee Courses and Experience Courses. Marquee golf courses are highly aspirational, with an inherent international interest in them. Experience golf courses are clustered around the marquee courses and have a fantastic local vibe and charm.
The North Island is renowned for its sweeping coastlines, rolling hills and tranquil beaches. Golf courses work with nature, not against it, and the views are breathtaking. Play golf 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.
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The South Island is a centre for soaring mountains, untouched nature, friendly locals and picture perfect vineyards. It's also home to incredible golf courses. Golf has a long history in the South Island with Scottish immigrants pioneering the game over 100 years ago initially with parkland and farmland courses. Following in their footsteps, developers have created modern courses that make the most of the natural terrain.
Queenstown is quickly gaining a reputation here and abroad as a golf haven and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by mountain ranges, it boasts a number of deftly designed courses including Millbrook, The Hills and Jack’s Point. The Queenstown region is a must-see.
If you fly into Christchurch, allow some time to play the Clearwater Golf Club. With an impressive history of hosting NZ PGA Championships and the training ground for famous golfers such as Lydia Ko, it’s well worth a visit.
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A golf holiday in New Zealand is guaranteed to impress. Come for the golf and linger for a while to experience exquisite food and wine, adventure activities, quiet nature and seamless hospitality. We will happily arrange lessons, book your tee time, arrange equipment hire. You won't need to worry about a thing! Take a look at our Three Islands NZ example golf itinerary here.
Don't forget to click here to download your free Top Golf Courses of New Zealand ebook.