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The South Island is arguably the more dramatic of the two main islands of New Zealand – there are few more beautiful places on the planet. A lap of the island will see you take in fjords, mountains, glaciers, rainforest, vineyards, incredible beaches and stunning lakes, all within an area around the size of England. However, with a population of just over one million, it is fifty times less crowded.

South Island

The South Island is arguably the more dramatic of the two main islands of New Zealand – there are few more beautiful places on the planet. A lap of the island will see you take in fjords, mountains, glaciers, rainforest, vineyards, incredible beaches and stunning lakes, all within an area around the size of England. However, with a population of just over one million, it is fifty times less crowded.

Unpopulated until Maori arrived around 500 years ago, European (and Chinese) people started arriving in numbers around the time of the gold rushes of the 1860s, and it is soon after this that golf arrived on the island, with the Otago Golf Club in Dunedin being the first, established in 1871. Nowadays, the undoubted hub of quality golf courses is Queenstown – our top three South Island courses are all to be found near this stunning lakeside destination.

Our South Island rankings were last updated in March 2019.

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Jack's Point

Jack's Point

Jacks Point, Otago

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown, Otago

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The Hills

The Hills

Arrowtown, Otago

04
Millbrook (Remarkables)

Millbrook (Remarkables)

Arrowtown, Otago

05
Clearwater

Clearwater

Christchurch, Canterbury

06
Chisholm Links

Chisholm Links

Dunedin, Otago

07
Christchurch

Christchurch

Christchurch, Canterbury

08
Pegasus

Pegasus

Pegasus, Canterbury

09
Terrace Downs

Terrace Downs

Canterbury, New Zealand

10
Otago

Otago

Dunedin, Otago

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