Things To Do In New Zealand – Play Golf

by Mark Perkins

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In the South Island, The Hills Golf Course in Arrowtown, has played host, to the New Zealand Golf Open. Providing the backdrop is the Remarkable Ranges which flanks one side of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown and most certainly one of those things to do in New Zealand to play golf.

Despite a population of only 4.3 million,

New Zealand boasts in excess of 300 golf clubs officially registered with Golf New Zealand, as well as a number of the other courses which are privately owned or attached to some of the charming hotels around New Zealand.

Golfing one of the things to do in New Zealand


New Zealand’s most active, mainland volcano, Mt Ruapehu, also the largest mountain in the North Island boasts the highest golf

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course in New Zealand. Although from time to time it is covered in snow, the private nine hole course is attached to the Grand Chateau Bay-View Hotel.

Not often visited by travellers to New Zealand, the Rangatira Golf Club is a little further down the road towards Wellington. Overlooking the Rangitiki gorge, the Rangatira course has magnificent views. It is presented to the highest standard, by the proud and devoted green staff. Split into 3 levels of six holes each making its way down the side of the gorge towards the Rangitiki River. Once you have played the 18th hole, there is a 4 person electric cable car to take you and your golf trolley back up to the car park and clubrooms. All this for only $NZ25.

South of Auckland is Lake Taupo the largest lake in New Zealand at approximately 629 square kilometres. This volcanic crater last erupted about 2,000 years ago. The eruption was the most impressive eruptions in the world over the last two thousand years. The ancient Romans and Chinese have noted in their annuals of history, a darkening of the skies and a red glow at night in the southern skies. Lake Taupo is one of the very popular places to visit in New Zealand.

Only a few minutes from the township of Taupo, stands the Wairakei International Golf Course, rated by the prestigious US Golf Digest magazine, to be in the top 100 courses in the world outside of the USA. Whilst the views are limited the course is adorned with many of New Zealand’s native trees and plants. The course is totally surrounded with a predator exclusion fence, in an attempt to maintain the native bird life and trees.

Continung with places to visit in New Zealand to play golf we head on up to where the start of New Zealand’s recent history occurred. Towards the top of the North Island is an area called the Bay of Islands. The Waitangi Golf Course is nestled on top of the cliffs and overlooks the charming waters of the Bay of Island and the township of Russell. Waitangi is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the indigenous people of the land, the Maori, and the settlers, the British on the 6th February 1840.

The fairways and greens of the front nine holes are surrounded by native bush. The spectacular views on the back nine holes contrast that of the front. It is not unusually to have to share your game of golf with native birds like the Tui, Fantails, Australasian Harrier Hawks or a family of Canadian Quails.

For the ultimate nothland golf course there is Kauri Cliffs, this well could be a good course to add to the place to visit in New Zealand.

Not only do most clubs in New Zealand, offer golf club and trolley or cart hire, bar & restaurant facilities for refreshments after the game but also a cordial welcome.

Happy Golfing at some of the things to do in New Zealand especially if you are on a campervan holiday of New Zealand.

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golf hitting net June 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

New Zealand has many many beautiful things to see and do. As a golfer it would be like a dream come true to play on some of these courses in one of the most amazing places on the planet.

Mark Perkins June 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Well it would be our pleasure to have you come play, yes some amazing courses

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