New Zealand Best Golf Courses

Best golf courses in New Zealand

New Zealand boasts more golf courses per capita than any other country in the world; as you drive around you'll notice in every town, small or large, a signpost or two indicating "Golf Club". 
In all but a few cases, green fees are modest and represent excellent value for overseas visitors. Members of NZ golf clubs pay even less - benefitting from their affiliated status. There are some interesting words in the NZ golfers' lexicon : trundlers are pull carts / trollies; carts are sit-in and drive buggies; sprigs are spikes. 

Generally golf in NZ is great value for money; however with many clubs operating on limited incomes they are forced to look for sensible economies - so, for example, on some courses bunkering will be limited. You may also find the golf club completely deserted (e.g. early morning, late afternoon) with a simple instruction asking you to deposit your green fee in the "honesty box".

The introduction of newer resort courses such as Millbrook, Clearwater, Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, Wairakei, Terrace Downs and the like has had a very healthy effect on raising the "stock" of top quality golf courses in New Zealand - Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers are up there with the world's best.

Apart from the volume of courses, New Zealand is blessed with some of the most outstandingly scenic golf clubs in the world, especially those on the coast - comparisons with Ireland can easily be made in this respect. 

To find out more about the top golf courses in New Zealand, check out the list below. Where2Golf provides golf course reviews, golf ratings, photos, resort and hotel information of the best. 

 New Zealand Golf Map   To make the most out of your golf trip, look up the location of the courses on the New Zealand golf map. It will help you with your planning to play the best courses during your holidays. On the maps we have indicated golf hotels and Stay & Play resorts with the following symbol Stay & Play Golf Resorts
Where2Golf has applied a rating to each golf course visited. The rating scale, 5 (highest) to 1 (lowest), attempts to provide an indication of the golfing experience you can expect at each rated course. 

click on the green arrow in the toolbar OF the table below to sortStay & Play Golf Resort.Private course – for members and their invited guests only.Unrated course – not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.2-star: reasonable standard. Good value, especially if better courses not available.3-star: a good course with many fine features.3+ (3-gold): a good course with many fine features. One of our top-rated 3’s.4-star: a must play course - excellent standard.4+ (4-gold): a must play course - excellent standard. One of our top-rated 4’s !5-star: simply the best - golf courses don’t get much better than this.5+ (5-gold): simply the best - golf courses don’t get better than this. One of our top-rated 5’s!
Arrowtown 4a.gifVisitors welcomeQueenstownRomans & Wright
Balmacewen, Otago 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDunedinUnknown
Boulcott's Farm 4a.gifVisitors welcomeWellingtonPitman, Chris
Cambridge, NZ 2a.gifVisitors welcomeHamiltonUnknown
Cape Kidnappers 5b.gifVisitors welcomeHastings / NapierDoak, Tom
Carrington Estate 5a.gifVisitors welcomeWhangareiDye, Matt
Chisholm Links 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDunedinEvans, John
Christchurch 4a.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchVarious
Clearwater, NZ 4b.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchDarby, John
Cromwell 3b.gifVisitors welcomeQueenstownBlank & Wright
Dunes, The (Matarangi) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandCharles, Bob
Formosa, NZ 4b.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandCharles, Bob
Grange, The (NZ) 4a.gif(Merged in 2007)AucklandUnknown
Greenacres 3a.gifVisitors welcomeNelsonUnknown
Gulf Harbour 4b.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandJones Jr, Robert Trent
Hastings 3b.gifVisitors welcomeHastings / NapierUnknown
Hawke's Bay, NZ 3a.gifVisitors welcomeHastings / NapierHarris, John
Hills, The (NZ) 5b.gifVisitors welcomeQueenstownDarby, John
Howick 3b.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandUnknown
Invercargill 3b.gifVisitors welcomeInvercargillUnknown
Jack's Point 5b.gifVisitors welcomeQueenstownDarby, John
Kaikoura 3a.gifVisitors welcomeKaikouraUnknown
Kauri Cliffs 5b.gifVisitors welcomeWhangareiHarman, David
Kerikeri 4a.gifVisitors welcomeWhangareiUnknown
Kinloch, NZ 5a.gifVisitors welcomeTaupoNicklaus, Jack
Lakes Resort - Pauanui 4b.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandPuddicombe, Sid
Lakeview, NZ 3b.gifVisitors welcomeTaurangaUnknown
Levin 3b.gifVisitors welcomePalmerston NorthUnknown
Manawatu 4a.gifVisitors welcomePalmerston NorthRedhead, C.H.
Mangawhai 4a.gifVisitors welcomeWhangareiDale, Harry
Manor Park 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWellingtonUnknown
Manukau 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandVarious
Methven 3b.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchUnknown
Millbrook 5a.gifVisitors welcomeQueenstownCharles & Turner
Mount Maunganui 4a.gifVisitors welcomeTaurangaRedhead & Dale
Muriwai 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandBourke, Glasgow & Sim
Napier 3a.gifVisitors welcomeHastings / NapierUnknown
Nelson 3b.gifVisitors welcomeNelsonVarious
New Plymouth 4b.gifVisitors welcomeNew PlymouthRedhead, C.H.
Ngaruawahia 3a.gifVisitors welcomeHamiltonUnknown
North Otago 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDunedinUnknown
North Shore 0.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandUnknown
Ohope 3b.gifVisitors welcomeTaurangaUnknown
Paraparaumu Beach 5a.gifVisitors welcomeWellingtonRussell, Alex
Pegasus, NZ 4a.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchKerr, Kristine
Poverty Bay 0.gifVisitors welcomeHastings / NapierUnknown
Pukekohe 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandUnknown
Queenstown 4b.gifVisitors welcomeQueenstownUnknown
Remuera 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandBabbage, Harold
Rotorua 3b.gifVisitors welcomeTaurangaUnknown
Royal Auckland & Grange 5a.gifOn applicationAucklandHood & Souter
Royal Wellington 4b.gifOn applicationWellingtonUnknown
Russley 4a.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchClements, Joe
Sherwood Park 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWhangareiUnknown
Southland 3a.gif(Closed in 2018)InvercargillTurner, Greg
St Andrews, NZ-Hamilton 3b.gifVisitors welcomeHamiltonGillies & Duncan
St Andrews, NZ-South Is 3a.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchUnknown
St Clair 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDunedinUnknown
Tara Iti p.gifPrivate clubWhangareiDoak, Tom
Taumarunui 3a.gifVisitors welcomeTaupoUnknown
Taupo (Centennial) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeTaupoUnknown
Tauranga 3a.gifVisitors welcomeTaurangaRutter, Fred
Te Anau 3b.gifVisitors welcomeQueenstownUnknown
Terrace Downs 4b.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchCox, David
Timaru 3a.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchWolveridge, Mike
Titirangi 4b.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandMacKenzie, Dr Alister
Tokoroa 3a.gifVisitors welcomeTaupoUnknown
Waipu 0.gifVisitors welcomeWhangareiBabbage, H.G.
Wairakei Intl 4b.gifVisitors welcomeTaupoHarris, John
Waitangi 3b.gifVisitors welcomeWhangareiUnknown
Waitikiri 4a.gifVisitors welcomeChristchurchUnknown
Waitomo 3a.gifVisitors welcomeHamiltonRedhead, Babbage & Dale
Wanaka 4a.gifVisitors welcomeQueenstownUnknown
Wanganui 3b.gifVisitors welcomeWanganuiUnknown
Whakatane 4a.gifVisitors welcomeTaurangaUnknown
Whangarei 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWhangareiUnknown
Whitford Park 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandEccles, Jack
Windross Farm 3b.gifVisitors welcomeAucklandThomson, Brett

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