Did you get golf clubs for Christmas?

Blessed with miles of golden coastline, summer in Aotearoa is synonymous with days spent at the beach swimming and surfing. Some of us, however, would prefer to spend the summer christening the new driver or wedge that Santa delivered. 

Luckily, there is no shortage of places to play a round of 18 in New Zealand. So, for those whose New Year’s resolutions involve more time on the green, here are five of our favourite places to play a round of 18, as well as properties located just around the corner.  


The Dunes, Matarangi 


Designed by golfing legend Sir Bob Charles, The Dunes has been described as a true golfing experience. This 18-hole course is set with harbour views visible from most of the course, as well as the Coromandel Range and Castle Rock. A par 73 course, it balances idyllic views with a true challenge for even the most experienced golfers.  


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Te Arai Links, Te Arai, Auckland

Te arai

Te Arai boasts two pure links golf courses, nestled into the rugged Maungawhai coastline. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the South Course opened in October 2022 and debuted at number 85 in the 23/24 Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses in the World List. The North Course, designed by Tom Doak, opened late last year and already has raving reviews.


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Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay

Cape Kidnappers

Located atop rolling hills, this 18-hole course is enveloped by the surrounding ridge-and-valley landscape. Featuring stunning ocean views framed by dramatic cliff faces, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course is one of the most unique golfing experiences in the country.

Jan 1522

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Hokitika Golf Club, Hokitika, West Coast


Maintaining the true lay of the land, Hokitika Golf Club is one of the true links courses in New Zealand. Established in 1906, the course is the only golf course in New Zealand with outstanding views of Aoraki, Mt Tasman and the majestic Southern Alps. Despite its stunning vistas and a legacy that spans a century, Mahinapua Links charges a modest green fee, making this world-class experience accessible for any golfing enthusiast to enjoy.


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Jacks point

Jacks point

Jack’s Point is one of the finest high-end golfing experiences in the country. The par 72 course makes it a worthy challenge for amateur golfers and experts alike. The unmatched mountain and lake views, combined with the club’s luxury facilities, make for a truly unforgettable experience and arguably the best golf course in New Zealand. 

Jan 1516

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