New Zealand’s largest city has a temperate climate and an expansive land area that lends itself to outdoor sporting activity. Two superb natural harbours and an island-studded Hauraki Gulf make it ideal for sailing and other water sports. Lush green open spaces have been developed into excellent golf courses.

The 23 golf courses in this region are set out below together with a brief description of some of the notable ones.

Formosa Auckland Country Club was designed by New Zealand golf professional Sir Bob Charles as a very challenging 6,633 metre, par 72 course, 40 minutes drive from Auckland City. The ocean views are spectacular from all the tees but prolific water hazards, bunkers and fearsome rough ensure that your attention is closely focused on the fairways. Clubhouse facilities include a spa, sauna, steam-room, restaurant and bar. Accommodation is available in 50 villas. Formosa is the longest course in the country and is rated by Tourism New Zealand as one of our eight best courses.

Titirangi, in West Auckland is one of our shorter championship courses at 5,771 metres and par 70, but still represents a great challenge with a combination of very tricky par 3 holes, some long fairways and deceptive sloping greens. The course was designed by Dr Alistair McKenzie, the architect of Augusta National and it is a joy to play with extensive areas of native bush and active bird life.

The Grange is another fine championship course close to Auckland City. It offers easy walking along narrow tree-lined fairways and over footbridges spanning gullies.

Auckland Golf Club in the suburb of Middlemore, is a similarly prestigious championship course. It offers one of the greatest tests of skill in the region with difficult par 4 holes and the strategic placement of bunkers around greens.

Akarana in Mt Roskill is a popular course with nicely groomed fairways and greens where sub-80 scores are eminently possible.

Manukau is a demanding course where frequent dog-legs require accurate placement of tee shots.

Whitford Park, 30 minutes east of the city amidst rolling hill country and native bush, has an excellent country club atmosphere and good facilities.

Chamberlain Park is a fine public course that has an informal dress code and very reasonable fees.

Auckland Region Golf Courses

  • Formosa Auckland Country Club, 110 Jack Lachlan Drive, Beachlands
  • Maungakiekie, Anita Avenue, Auckland
  • Pakuranga Country Club, 199 Botany Road Howick, Auckland
  • Remuera, 120 Abbotts Way, Meadowbank, Auckland
  • The Grange, Grange Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland
  • Titirangi, Links Road, New Lynn, Auckland
  • Akarana, 1388 Dominion Road, Auckland
  • Auckland, 30 Hospital Road, Otahuhu, Auckland
  • Aviation, Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland
  • Awhitu, Brooke Road, Waiuku, Franklin District
  • Chamberlain Park, 46A Linwood Ave., Mt Albert
  • Clarkes Beach, 100 Stevenson Road, Clarks Beach
  • Howick, 32 Musick Point Road, Musick Point
  • Manukau, Great South Road, Takanini
  • Maramarua, State Highway 2, Pokeno
  • Onewhero, cnr Main & Churchill Roads, Pukekawa
  • Papakura Camp, Walters Road, Takanini
  • Pukekohe, State Highway 22, Karaka
  • Redwood, 13 Knox Road, Swanson, Auckland
  • Waiheke Island Country Club, Onetangi Road, Waiheke Island
  • Waiuku, Racecourse Road, Waiuku
  • Wattle Downs, Wattle Farm Rd Extension, Manurewa
  • Whitford Park, 58 Whitford Park Road, Whitford

Golf Courses: Locations, Grounds, Design and Facilities

  • Golf Courses Waikato

    Waikato

    The extensive Waikato and King Country areas in the Central North Island embrace important farming industries and tourism treasures like the sparsely populated Coromandel Peninsula and the stunning Waitomo Caves. The region is well endowed with adventure tourism sites and sports venues, including 46 golf courses.

  • Golf Courses Nelson

    Nelson

    The 'Top of the South' has a well above average share of the good things in life - record sunshine hours, golden sand beaches, superb fruit, fine wine, food and seafood and over 300 dedicated craftspeople. The region is paradise for outdoor adventure lovers with its national parks, alpine lakes, stunning coastline as well as 8 excellent golf courses.

  • Golf Courses Wellington

    Wellington

    A capital city could not be placed in a more dramatic setting than the rugged bush-clad hills and magnificent sheltered harbour of Wellington. The leafy suburbs that sprawl across Wellington's steep hillsides allow precious little space for golf courses, so only four are close to the city centre.

  • Golf Courses Manawatu Wanganui

    Manawatu/Wanganui

    The lower North Island embraces the prosperous farming districts of Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Horowhenua. The landscape sweeps dramatically down from mountain ranges into fertile alluvial plains devoted to agricultural and pastoral industries. Most farming districts support a popular classic country golf club

  • Golf Courses Hawke's Bay

    Hawke’s Bay

    Within each geographic region we have made general comments about the course quality, playing conditions and facilities of a number of the popular and prominent courses as a guideline for what you can expect to find.

  • Golf Courses Buller Westland

    Buller/Westland

    The wild West Coast stands apart from the rest of the country as a region where the pioneering spirit and rugged individualism are distinctive characteristics of the people. The narrow 600 km strip of coastal lowland is hemmed in by towering ramparts of the Southern Alps and the tumultuous breaking swells of the Tasman Sea.

  • Golf Courses Canterbury

    Canterbury

    Canterbury is the perfect adventure playground with a myriad of exciting outdoor activities between the coast and the Alps. Where else could you see and do so much within two hour's drive of an international airport? Ski and snowboard, swim with dolphins, gaze in awe at sperm whales, soak in luxurious thermal pools

  • Golf Courses Southland

    Southland

    The rich dairy pastures of New Zealand's southernmost region, contrast dramatically with the golden tussock of Central Otago. The rugged, storm-lashed coastline is home to an array of rare marine wildlife and the deep interior of Fiordland has unforgettable scenes of glacier-carved wilderness.

  • Golf Courses Marlborough

    Marlborough

    This sun-soaked, peaceful region lies across Cook Strait from Wellington and includes the wonderful Marlborough Sounds aquatic playground. Marlborough's superb climate and great natural beauty combine with rich alluvial river gravels to produce some of the country's best wines and gourmet produce.

  • Golf Courses Bay of Plenty

    Bay of Plenty

    This sun drenched bay with its golden sands, sparkling seas, rich marine harvest and prolific kiwi fruit was named by the famous explorer Captain Cook for ‘the many good things to be found here’. Amongst the sport lover’s favourites in this bounteous region are many excellent golf courses.

  • Golf Courses Otago

    Otago

    Dunedin city is proud of its Scottish heritage and is a fascinating place to visit. Queenstown 'The Adventure Capital of the World' and Wanaka, an idyllic lakeside ski resort town, have mountainous backdrops that are simply breathtaking.

  • Golf Courses Auckland

    Auckland

    New Zealand’s largest city has a temperate climate and an expansive land area that lends itself to outdoor sporting activity. Two superb natural harbours and an island-studded Hauraki Gulf make it ideal for sailing and other water sports. Lush green open spaces have been developed into excellent golf courses.

  • Golf Courses North Harbour

    North Harbour

    Auckland’s fashionable North Shore abounds with spacious parks, reserves, beaches and golf clubs offering a diverse range of settings and contours. The region is noted for surprising contrasts in the form of its coastlines, with sheltered bays in the east and wild, surf-pounded black sand beaches in the west.

  • Golf Courses New Zealand

    Golf Courses

    New Zealand is a golfer’s paradise with over 400 public and private golf courses, including many championship and resort courses that are on par with the world’s best. The New Zealand Information Network has compiled this summary to assist visitors in planning their golfing holiday itinerary.

  • Golf Courses Northland

    Northland

    Blue skies, balmy, sub-tropical days and spectacular seascapes make the ‘Winterless North’ of the North Island the perfect holiday location. It is no surprise then, to find that private developers have secured prime cliff top land to create manicured courses that are aesthetically pleasing works of art.