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, jet boat, hike, horse-ride, hunt, fish, balloon-ride, raft, kayak and take 4WD trips.

The 37 golf courses in this region are listed below together with a brief description of some of the notable ones.

Clearwater Resort is located in Christchurch just seven minutes drive from the international airport. This course is set to achieve great things in the New Zealand golf world, perhaps even to become our premier course and lifestyle retreat. It is currently rated by Tourism New Zealand as one of our eight best courses. It was established in 2002 and designed by course architect John Darby with our own Sir Bob Charles and is home to the New Zealand PGA championship. The course combines elements of links and parklands and is characterised by extensive wetlands and man-made lakes, which feature in no less than 14 holes. The course facilities and accommodation are absolutely superb and there is an added bonus of guided fly-fishing on site.

Terrace Downs Country Resort is located on Coleridge Road, in the dramatic Rakaia Gorge; 50 minutes drive from Christchurch. This course has breathtaking views of the Southern Alps and is rated along with Millbrook Resort, as the country’s most scenic mountain course. It is also rated by Tourism New Zealand as one of our best eight golf courses and has skiing, heliskiing, jetboating and fishing available on tap for energetic golfers. Overnight accommodation is superb with bed, breakfast and golf packages at reasonable rates.

Christchurch club at Shirley is one of our finest links courses and the home course of Sir Bob Charles. The 6,360 metre, par 73 course has hosted the National Open and Amateur championships many times. The enduring impression you get is of a great course with a very gracious English country club atmosphere, which makes it high on the ‘must play’ list.

Russley is also one of the nation’s finest old established courses just minutes from the airport with outstanding club facilities.

Canterbury Region Golf Courses

  • Amberley, Golf Links Road, Amberley Beach
  • Clearwater Resort, Clearwater Ave., Harewood
  • Coringa Country Club, 680 McLeans Island Rd, Christchurch
  • McLeans Island, 800 McLeans Island Road, Christchurch
  • Russley, 428 Memorial Ave, Christchurch
  • Terrace Downs Country Resort, Coleridge Rd, Rakaia Gorge, Darfield
  • Waitikiri, Waitikiri drive, Burwood
  • Windsor, Waitikiri Drive, Christchurch
  • Akaroa, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchel
  • Amuri, 422 Rotherham Road North, Rotherham
  • Avondale, Cnr Wainoni & Breezes Roads, Avondale
  • Burnham Camp, Aylesbury Road, Burnham
  • Charteris Bay, Main Road, Charteris Bay
  • Cheviot, Campbell Road, Cheviot
  • Christchurch, 45 Horseshoe Lake Road, Christchurch
  • Culverden, Main Road, Culverden
  • Ellesmere, Freedays Road, Leeston
  • Everglades Country Club, 142 Riverlea Estate Drive, Stewarts Gully
  • Greendale, Coaltrack Road, Darfield
  • Hagley, North Hagley Park, Christchurch
  • Hanmer Springs, Argelins Road, Hanmer Springs
  • Harewood, 371 McLeans Island Road, Christchurch
  • Hawarden, Horsley Downs Road, Hawarden
  • Hororata, Main Road, Glentunnel
  • Kaiapoi, Williams Street, Kaiapoi
  • Kaituna, Birdlings Flat, Kaituna, Banks Peninsula
  • Lake Coleridge, Power Station Village, Windshistle
  • Lincoln, 5 Boundary Rd, Lincoln, Christchurch
  • Rangiora, Golf Links Road, Rangiora
  • Rawhiti, 100 Shaw Ave, New Brighton
  • Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill, Christchurch
  • Scargill, 235 Scargill Valley Road, Greta Valley
  • Tai Tapu, Tai Tapu Domain, Barrington, Christchurch
  • Templeton Country Club, Pound Road, Templeton
  • Waimairi Beach, 460 Bower Ave, Christchurch
  • Waimakariri, Thongcaster Road, Oxford
  • Weedons, McClelland Road, Christchurch

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.