| Jun 27, 2017
© Graeme Murray
Not only is New Zealand a paradise for beaches, mountains and lakes, it also has an abundance of stunning golf courses. In fact it has the most golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world so you’re likely to find great greens wherever you are in the country.1
A motorhome is an ideal option for exploring New Zealand’s courses as they greatly reduce the planning of day-to-day logistics.
In this blog we’ll explore New Zealand’s top five golf courses.
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Situated 100 kilometres north of Auckland at Mangawhai Heads, Tara Iti is a world class links course. With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the course is often compared by architecture critics to the prestigious Cypress Point in the United States. Said by some to be New Zealand’s best golf course, no hole is ordinary with the quality of golf even outdoing the stellar views.
High above the ocean on a sheep station in the Hawke’s Bay region of the North Island, Cape Kidnappers is a masterpiece course with gorgeous ocean views. The par 71 course covers over 6.5 kilometres and will challenge golfers of all abilities. Finished in 2004, Cape Kidnappers was ranked number 33 on the Top 100 Courses in Golf Digest U.S.2
Located in the pristine Bay of Islands, this famous clifftop course perched above the Pacific Ocean offers epic views and secluded beaches. Nine of the 15 holes are played alongside sheer cliffs with the remaining weaving through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs was ranked number 19 on the Top 100 Courses in Golf Digest U.S.2 While you’re in the Bay of Islands you can take in some of the many tourist activities and sights found in this interesting and beautiful region.
The Hills Golf Club in Arrowtown, a 20 minute drive from Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand, is home to the NZ PGA Championship. The course is set on 500 acres of former deer farm in a rugged glacial valley, providing a 180 degree backdrop of the surrounding mountains.2 Legendary Kiwi golfer Sir Bob Charles considers it not only the best in the country but also the most dramatic and challenging.2
This Queenstown golf course sits between the spectacular Remarkables mountain range and beautiful Lake Wakatipu. It’s been specifically designed to work with nature which meant its construction involved tree plantings and minimal excavation to complement the natural environment.2 There are plenty of holes of rare quality and it’s a joy to play so long as you’re driving straight.1
New Zealand is a natural golfer’s paradise and offers some seriously picturesque playing environments. What better way to explore these courses than in the comfort of a motorhome? This ultimately minimises the time you spend on boring travel administration like finding hotels and checking in and out of them. You’ll also have more room for your clubs and most importantly, easy access to a range of world class courses.