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.

Our North Island rankings were last updated in March 2017.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North Island

Tara Iti

1st North Island - Best in Area

Exclusivity has finally arrived on New Zealand’s formerly inclusive golfing shores in the shape of Tom Doak’s Tara Iti Golf Club which is routed in a wide and grand scale along the east coast of the North Island.

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Description: Exclusivity has finally arrived on New Zealand’s formerly inclusive golfing shores in the shape of Tom Doak’s Tara Iti Golf Club which is routed in a wide and grand scale along the east coast of the North Island. Rating: 6 out of 6

Cape Kidnappers

2nd 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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.4285714285714 out of 6

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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Description: Host to twelve New Zealand Opens, the first in 1959, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a New Zealand household name. Rating: 5.1818181818182 out of 6

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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Description: 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. Rating: 4.7777777777778 out of 6

Kauri Cliffs

5th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 4.8888888888889 out of 6

Titirangi

6th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Wainui

7th North Island - Best in Area

Wainui Golf Club is the phoenix that rose out of the ashes of the Peninsula Golf Club. Grant Puddicombe and his team at Puddicombe Golf were brought in to design the new course and it opened in 2016.

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Description: Wainui Golf Club is the phoenix that rose out of the ashes of the Peninsula Golf Club. Grant Puddicombe and his team at Puddicombe Golf were brought in to design the new course and it opened in 2016. Rating: 5 out of 6

Royal Wellington

8th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 5 out of 6

Wairakei

9th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Royal Auckland

10th 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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Description: Middlemore, as the Royal Auckland Golf Club is better known, is a tough test when the course is set up in its competition livery. Rating: 3 out of 6