North Island

The North Island of New Zealand mixes rugged volcanic landscapes with laid-back city life, and is blessed with a delightfully mild climate. More than half of the island’s 3.3 million inhabitants live in the two main cities (Auckland and the capital, Wellington), leaving the rest of the island rather sparsely populated.

From a golfing point of view, the landscape has changed dramatically since the turn of the 21st century, with overseas clients utilising the amazing landscape on offer to build some truly world-class courses. Before that time, the links at Paraparaumu Beach (opened in 1949) was the flagship course for the entire country, and it remains one of the nation’s best.

However, the fledgling clifftop cousins at Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers are now the ones that sit comfortably within some World Top 100 lists, as well as being two of the most scenic places to play the game anywhere.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North Island

Cape Kidnappers

1st North Island - Best in Area

If you can keep your eyes off the cliff top views, the main golfing points of the golf course at Cape Kidnappers are the bunkers and the greens.

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Kauri Cliffs

2nd North Island - Best in Area

Playing Kauri Cliffs golf course is quite a formidable test and I’m sure I’m not alone in fearing that a mounting tally of lost balls was beginning to detract from the views.

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Paraparaumu Beach

3rd North Island - Best in Area

Host to twelve New Zealand Opens, the first in 1959, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a New Zealand household name.

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Kinloch Club

4th North Island - Best in Area

The Kinloch Club pays homage to the great British and Irish links courses, although it is about as far from the ocean as you can get in New Zealand.

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Titirangi

5th North Island - Best in Area

Formed in 1909, Titirangi Golf Club is one of the fortunate few that can say it has Alister MacKenzie, the eminent designer, as its golf course architect.

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Wairakei

6th North Island - Best in Area

Avoid the creeks, gullies and the odd rogue borehole and you may card a decent score at Wairakei, which is an unforgettable and exciting golf course among the geysers.

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Royal Wellington

7th North Island - Best in Area

Wellington Golf Club – as it was known until it gained “Royal” status in 2004 – dates back to 1895, when a group of like-minded golfers established a golfing society.

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Gulf Harbour

8th North Island - Best in Area

Gulf Harbour is routed round a rolling hillside and the changes in elevation make for exciting and challenging golf with the added bonus of free panoramic views.

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Royal Auckland

9th North Island - Best in Area

Middlemore, as the Royal Auckland Golf Club is better known, is a tough test when the course is set up in its competition livery.

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New Plymouth - Ngamotu

10th North Island - Best in Area

Located between the dormant volcano of Mount Taranaki and the Tasman Sea, the tree-lined fairways of the Ngamotu course at New Plymouth Golf Club are laid out along the stunning coastline...

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