Stay and play: New Zealand’s best golf resorts

By Stefan Durski,

 

New Zealand is world-famous for two things: stunning scenery and sport – so why not combine the two? With the second most golf courses per capita in the world (behind Scotland… of course) Kiwi golfers are spoilt for choice.

These courses are seriously impressive, so impressive that you’ll probably want to play them more than once, so why not make a weekend of it? Pack an overnight bag, throw the clubs in the car, and let us be your guide to New Zealand’s best golf resorts.

Luxury accommodation & world-class golf in Matauri Bay

Kauri Cliffs

Rolling farmland, rugged coastline, and luxury accommodation, Kauri Cliffs ticks all the boxes. With six holes running alongside cliff faces that plunge into the Pacific Ocean, you’re more than likely to lose a few balls.

If you get sick of snap-hooking your drives into the Big Blue, you might want to cool off and take a chopper ride over the stunning Bay of Islands… or just lay up.

5-star hotel with a championship course near Queenstown

Millbrook Resort

Located just 20 minutes from Queenstown, and surrounded by the Remarkables Mountain Range, Millbrook Resort offers five-star accommodation and a 27-hole championship course.

Accommodation options range from cosy 50-square metre studios perfect for a weekend getaway with that ‘special playing-partner’, to luxurious fairway-side homes big enough for two Ambrose teams.

Top-rated golf hotel on Karikari peninsula

Peppers Carrington

Peppers Carrington is the perfect weekend trip from Auckland. Just a four-hour drive will take you down the Karikari peninsula, and onto one of the finest golf hotels in the country.

Located on a large stretch of isolated coastline, the 18-hole course is a gruelling 6.5km in length and includes one of the longest holes in the country at 569 meters – it might be best discovered from the comfort of a golf cart!

Villa-style accommodation in the heart of Canterbury

Terrace Downs

Whether you prefer a narrow woodland course or an open links style, Terrace Downs has you covered, with 9 holes of each. The Par 72 course includes 10 lakes and 60 bunkers… so it might be wise to bring a couple of spare balls.

 

Spectacular beachside golf resort in Matarangi Bay

The Dunes Golf Resort

Living up to its name, The Dunes is located on the white sandy shores of Matarangi Beach, on the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Expect striking ocean views from most holes, and lake views from your on-course villa-style accommodation.

Exceptional links course with luxury accommodation

The Kinloch Club

The Kinloch Club is a serious golf course, designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus. The 6734-meter Par 72 has been created for those with a deep love for golf… and deep pockets to match.

The Kinloch Club is inspired by the great links courses of Scotland, with wide undulating fairways drawing a stark contrast to Lake Taupo and the surrounding rugged bushland.

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