Teeing Off in Paradise: The Best Northland, New Zealand Golf Courses for Overseas Adventurers

by | Nov 23, 2023 | Activities, Golf, Walks & Scenery | 0 comments

Above: Tara Iti golf course is developing a reputation as one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s premium golf courses.

Northland’s Best Golf Courses

If you’re a golf enthusiast planning a trip to the land of the long white cloud, you’re in for a treat, especially if you find yourself in Northland and the Bay of Islands. With its lush landscapes, stunning coastlines, and a golf scene that’s nothing short of spectacular, Northland is a golfer’s paradise waiting to be explored. So, grab your clubs, slip into your comfiest golf shoes, and let’s take a swing through some of the best golf courses the region has to offer -from top to bottom!

Carrington Estate Golf Course: Where Luxury Meets Greens

Picture this: you’re standing on the tee box, the salty breeze from the Pacific Ocean brushing against your face, and in front of you lies 18 holes of golfing bliss. Welcome to the Carrington Estate Golf Course, a gem nestled in the heart of the Karikari Peninsula. This course is as much a feast for the eyes as it is a challenge for your swing. Designed by Matt Dye, the nephew of the legendary Pete Dye, Carrington boasts rolling fairways, challenging bunkers, and stunning views of the nearby vineyards and ocean. After your round, treat yourself to a well-deserved glass of wine from the estate’s own winery—it’s a hole-in-one experience, both on and off the course.

Carrington winery, Kariakari Pennisula

Above: after a round at Carrington’s, enjoy lunch and savour a glass of Northland wine overlooking magnificent coastal scenery.

Kauri Cliffs: A Clifftop Masterpiece

Prepare to have your golfing dreams come true at Kauri Cliffs. This world-renowned course is consistently ranked among the top golf courses globally, and for good reason. Designed by David Harman, Kauri Cliffs boasts not only a challenging game but also breathtaking clifftop views that will have you reaching for your camera as often as your putter.

From cliff-top holes overlooking the Pacific to lush forested fairways, every round at Kauri Cliffs is a visual masterpiece. And if you’re looking to up the ante, the on-site luxury lodge offers the perfect post-game relaxation.

Bay of Islands Golf Club: Where Golf Meets the Natural New Zealand Bush

The Bay of Islands Golf Club’s meticulously maintained 6,101 metre course is a true championship course. It makes wonderful use of the contours sculpted by the Puketotara Stream and the Kerikeri River.  The course winds its way through native New Zealand bush, providing a tranquil setting for your golfing adventure. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, as you might spot some native birds making an appearance. After your round, take a moment to relax at the club’s facilities, where the friendly atmosphere makes every golfer feel like a part of the local community.

Waitangi Golf Club: Where History and Golf Converge

For a golfing experience that intertwines Maori history with impeccable greens, head to the Waitangi Golf Club. Located in the Bay of Islands, this course not only offers a challenging game but also breathtaking views of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the serene waters of the Bay. The course itself is a mix of undulating fairways and strategically placed bunkers, making it a must-visit for golfers of all skill levels. And who knows, you might even spot a dolphin or two while perfecting your swing.

Waipu Golf Course: Scotland meets Maori culture

Nestled discreetly alongside State Highway One, between the charming townships of Waipu and Ruakaka, Waipu Golf Course beckons golf enthusiasts with its coastal allure. Overlooking the magnificent Bream Bay, this hidden gem boasts a reputation for some of the best greens in New Zealand.

With its naturally sand-based foundation, Waipu Golf Course remains generally unaffected by wet weather, providing a consistent playing surface throughout the seasons. Beyond its technical challenges, the course offers outstanding panoramas from both tees and greens, making each round a visual feast of coastal beauty.

After a satisfying game, golfers can retreat to the very hospitable Linksview Cafe, where lunch comes with the added bonus of some of the best outlooks any golf club can offer. 

Above: Tara Iti golf course is developing a reputation as one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s premium golf courses.

Tara Iti Beach Golf Club: A Hidden Gem

Tara Iti private golf course is a Tom Doak-designed masterpiece amidst dunes and pristine landscapes. It is open to international visitors by application for a one-time visit and offers an exclusive and serene golfing sanctuary, blending luxury seamlessly with nature. The course, a symphony of challenges, captivates golfers of all levels.

The exquisite lodge provides a tranquil retreat, and the dining experiences, from casual to gourmet, enhance the overall stay. Beyond aesthetics, Tara Iti is committed to environmental stewardship, ensuring sustainability and preserving the natural beauty.

Northland, New Zealand is a golfer’s dream destination with its diverse range of courses catering to every skill level and taste. Whether you’re looking for a challenging round with stunning coastal views or a more relaxed game with a side of local charm, Northland has it all, and Moon Gate Villa is within a short drive of 4 of the best!  So, pack your clubs, embrace the Kiwi spirit, and get ready for a golfing adventure like no other. Your perfect swing and unforgettable memories await in the golfing paradise of Northland!

About Moon Gate Villa

Located in New Zealand's oldest European settlement, Moon Gate Villa is a 5-star, Quality Assessed Bed & Breakfast lodge located in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands New Zealand.

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You could spend several weeks playing Northlands golf courses. Check out the map below.  Moon Gate Villa is located within 1/2 hour of four courses, and around an hour or less than eight!  For details on our location and course distances, please visit our golf page.

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