Golf in the winterless North

This Winter, pack up your clubs and head to the North for some great homeland golfing!

Northland Golf Club – The Friendly Club

Sports House, Western Hills Drive, Whangarei
Come and join in the fun at the friendly club!  Located only 10 minutes north of central Whangarei, Northland Golf Club provides a scenic and challenging course for all levels of golf, all year round.
If you are looking to play and stay locally, go no further than Birchgrove Cottage, a modern standalone fully self-contained 1 bedroom holiday cottage situated right next to the golf course.  Visit or call (09) 945 4236.
Visitors welcome and we provide full Clubhouse, onsite Café, covered modern driving range and Golf Shop facilities including carts, trundlers and clubs for hire.  Contact the club on (09) 4351 777.

Peppers Carrington Resort, Northland Golf

Maitai Bay Road, Karikari Peninsula
The golf course is the jewel in the crown of the Pepper Resort a 3000-acre resort with a 4km coastline of secluded white sand on the Karikari Peninsula. Designed by noted American course architect Matt Dye and opened in 2003, the course, that varies from rolling vales to challenging water holes, features one of New Zealand’s longest par-5s (at 569m) and one of the shortest par-3s (at 113m). The course is sited to provide a variety of vistas, with ocean views to the north and east, and hillside vineyards to the south. It is a hilly, parklands-style course with natural wetlands.
The resort also offers a vineyard, winery, a Black Angus stud farm and a beach while the hotel features an infinity swimming pool. If you play Carrington, be prepared for the par-3 seventh, a challenging hole that plays over water and flax to a severely sloping green.

Treghan Luxury Retreat

Fairways perfectly groomed, stunning ocean views, sub-tropical scenery, sunshine, and holes that challenge. A golfing and accommodation package in Northland will be unforgettable.
A stay at tranquil Treghan Luxury Retreat in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands will mean you enjoy some of the best golfand golf courses in New Zealand, while totally relaxing off the course.  Play can include Kauri Cliffs, Waitangi Golf Course and Kerikeri among others.  A perfect combination-  golf by day and a luxurious sleep by night.  And you can eat in or dine out in one of the award winning vineyards or restaurants the Bay of Islands have to offer.

Waitangi Golf Club

Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Paihia
Way back in 1932 Lord Bledisloe, the then Governor General, purchased over 1000 acres on the WaitangiPeninsula and donated it to New Zealand as a place of historic significance and for recreational enjoyment. What joy it brings to golfers, particularly the back nine which presents stunning views. The native fauna and flora make this course a special experience, while the brightly coloured rosella parrots, tuis, quail, wood pigeons and pukeko abound. The par-4 11th, which plays toward the Bay is being redesigned to become one of New Zealand’s great holes.

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Matauri Bay Road, Matauri Bay
The Kauri Cliffs Golf Resort was designed by David Harman, ranks among the world’s top 50 courses. It isn’t a cheap outing, but what an experience. Fifteen of the holes view the Pacific Ocean with six of them playing along the cliffs that plunge to the Ocean. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. The complex includes a world-class practice range plus putting and chipping greens. In 2008 and 2009 the Kiwi Challenge brounght four of the world’s best players to New Zealand to play the course including sister course Cape Kidnappers located in the Hawkes Bay.

Mangawhai Golf Club

Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads
Mangawhai is a true championship and consistently rates as one of New Zealand’s very best.  Sand-based, always playable and making optimum use of natural terrain, the course is just over 1 hour north of Auckland’s CBD.   Fairways are superbly groomed, the greens are famed for their pace and true roll, and every hole offers a different challenge for golfers of every level.
Fully stocked Golf Shop with carts and clubs for hire, spacious Lounge & Bar, quality catering and a spectacular coastal location … Mangawhai is truly unbeatable!
Email: for more information.

Waipu Golf Club

State Highway 1, Waipu
Thinking of heading north for a golf trip? Waipu Golf Club is 90 mins north of the Orewa tunnel - a great day out for a game of golf, or a stopover game on your way further north.
Waipu is an all-weather links style course playable in all conditions, with great greens and spectacular views over Bream Bay from all 18 holes.
The Clubhouse is open 7 days 8-5pm, carts are available for hire and can be used year round.  Have lunch in our café and enjoy the sea views from the deck.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay, Ruakaka Beachfront Motel, 67 Bream Bay Drive is only 10 minutes drive from the Club – phone them on 09 4327166 for more information.
Call us on 09 432 0259 to book a tee time, or email for more information.

Sherwood Park Golf Club

Millington Road, Maunu
A secluded setting, situated beneath the Maunu volcanic cone in Whangarei. Its rich soil, sub-tropical climate and groves of native trees, complemented by stone walls and water hazards, give this course a unique atmosphere. The club hosted the inter-provincials in 2002, after the clucb had a full-course irrigation system installed at a cost of $250,000. The signature hole is the par-3 14th at 188m which plays over a couple of ponds is rated among New Zealand’s best holes. Sherwood Park started life as a nine-holer.

Whangarei Golf Club

Denby Cres, Tikipunga, Whangarei
This is the course where Sir Michael Hill first aquired his passion for golf, which ultimately led to the establishment of his fabulous course at Arrowtown, The Hills. Originally known as Mt Denby, it is Whangarei’s oldest club (dating back to 1917) and is located on the road to Whangarei Falls and Tutukaka, only 5 minutes from the city centre. The course features bush-covered walkways and is a true test for any golfer. The club’s most famous landmark is the twin pine (split by lightning) aside the par-4 sixth hole. This is a beautiful course with tight driving holes.

Bay of Islands Golf Club, Kerikeri

Golf View Road, Kerikeri
Bay of Islands Golf Club is a championship course with free draining volcanic soil, dry firm fairways and receptive greens. The Par 73 layout provides a challenge for all golfers with a choice of tees offering both short, medium and long courses ranging from the 2864 metre purple course to the testing blue course at 6122 metres.  There are also three 9-hole options.
The Club is located in the heart of Kerikeri, with its choice of award winning cafes, boutique shops and motels and historic buildings.
Phone the club on 0064 9407 8837 for more information.

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