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Golf in New Zealand Complete Guide

New Zealand is one of the world’s most popular destinations when it comes to golf holidays. With the second highest number of golf clubs per capita (behind only Scotland), we’re a country that is not short on golfing holiday options. Whether you are doing a tour of the country and fancy sneaking in some golf or you are heading away for a very specific golf weekend, we’ve identified some of the best golf courses in the country as well as some of the most picturesque.

Everyone knows that after a round of golf, there is nothing better than a beer and a good feed so we’ve also identified some top restaurants where you can head after your round.

So, if you’re planning a golf holiday, make sure you check out some of the top tips below.

  • Auckland

    Auckland

    New Zealand’s biggest city is not short on amazing golf courses. From the parkland beauty of Titirangi to the links of Muriwai, there is something for everyone in the City of Sails. Moving north, Gulf Harbour and Wainui are two great courses and

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    New Zealand’s biggest city is not short on amazing golf courses. From the parkland beauty of Titirangi to the links of Muriwai, there is something for everyone in the City of Sails. Moving north, Gulf Harbour and Wainui are two great courses and south if the city the newly opened Windross Farm has already hosted some of the world’s leading female golfers.

  • Queenstown

    Queenstown

    One of New Zealand’s most popular weekend golf getaway destinations is Queenstown. As well as a plethora of top quality golf courses including The Hills, Jack’s Point and Millbrook, the city is also a great place to spend the weekend. It’s a

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    One of New Zealand’s most popular weekend golf getaway destinations is Queenstown. As well as a plethora of top quality golf courses including The Hills, Jack’s Point and Millbrook, the city is also a great place to spend the weekend. It’s also perfect if you are travelling with non-golfers as the city is packed full of alternative activities before meeting up post-golf.

  • Northland

    Northland

    Another jewel in New Zealand’s golfing crown is Northland. A recent addition to that crown is perhaps the most significant. Tara Iti. Already known as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier links course, Tara Iti debuted in Golf Digest’s Top 100

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    Another jewel in New Zealand’s golfing crown is Northland. A recent addition to that crown is perhaps the most significant. Tara Iti. Already known as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier links course, Tara Iti debuted in Golf Digest’s Top 100 course at #6 – a record high for a new entry. Throw into the Northland mix Kauri Cliffs, Carrington, Mangawhai and Waitangi and it’s easy to see why so many golfers make the pilgrimage north.

Three other destinations worthy of consideration are Wellington, Taupo and Napier. All three destinations have at least two world-class golf courses including Cape Kidnappers, Kinloch and Paraparaumu and are fantastic cities to spend a weekend or longer.

Top Ten golf courses in New Zealand

OK, so we’ve looked at the best cities in New Zealand for a golfing holiday, now it’s time to take a closer look at some of the courses. From Northland to Otago, there are some absolute gems spread throughout New Zealand. Whilst some of the course below can command high green fees, especially from international visitors, there are plenty of golf courses within close proximity to suit all budgets.

Best Places to eat out after golf in New Zealand

Whilst all of these amazing golf destinations offer up great post-golf food and drink options, if you are staying over and looking for some great options for dinner, then it’s good to know some of the hot spots in town. That’s why we’ve done the hard work and covered off some of the best restaurants in the most popular golfing destinations in New Zealand. Bon appetit!

New Zealand’s most spectacular golf courses

We’ve gone into a bit of depth about some of New Zealand’s best golf courses but what about the most spectacular. What makes a golf course great for one person doesn’t always tick the boxes for another. One thing that we can’t argue with however is the fact that New Zealand golf courses provide some of the best views in world golf. Whether you’re a golfer or not, you can’t help but look on in awe at some of the spectacular views that greet golfers as they walk from the green to the next tee. Here are some of our favourite holes and views from courses around New Zealand:

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