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. The full list of courses is set out below and a brief description is given of some of the notable ones.

Hamilton, at Saint Andrews, just north of the city, extends over lush green undulating terrain alongside the Waikato River. The 6,078 metre, par 72 well-manicured, park-like course is 100 years old, has hosted many national championships and rates very highly as a ‘must-play’ course.

Lochiel is a nearly flat, picturesque par 72 course close to the Rukuhia Airport about 10 km south of Hamilton

Cambridge, south of Hamilton, is ranged along the Waikato River and is revered as a wonderfully challenging course and the oldest club in the Waikato.

Ngaruawahia is another pleasant riverside country course, which is rapidly increasing in popularity.

Matarangi is an outstanding links course laid out by Sir Bob Charles among sand dunes and pine tree groves on easy undulating land near Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. Don’t go past this one.

Taumaranui is a 5,648 metre, 71 par course with a name for genuine small town hospitality and beautiful country surroundings.

Waitomo is strategically placed a few minutes drive from the iconic glow-worm caves. It measures up to championship standard, though it is an easy-going country course.

Tokoroa is another relatively short and easy walking course, which makes a pleasant stopover for travellers. This one is not to be underestimated for degree of difficulty though – the course record is 69.

Pauanui Lakes Resort is a championship course established in 2004 on the Coromandel Peninsula. The course has superb facilities including tennis courts, aquatic centre, restaurant and luxury villa accommodation.

Waikato Region Golf Courses

  • Mercury Bay Golf & Country Club, Golf Road, Whitianga
  • Park International Country Club, Whatawhata Rd, Hamilton
  • Pauanui, Sheppard Avenue, Pauanui
  • Thames, State Highway 26,Thames
  • Whangamata, Waihi Road, Whangamata
  • Cambridge, 112 State Highway 1, Cambridge
  • Coromandel, Hauraki Road, Coromandel
  • Hamilton, St Andrews Tce, Hamilton
  • Hauraki, cnr State Highway 2 & 27, Mangatarata
  • Horsham Downs, River Road North, Hamilton
  • Hukanui, Gordonton-Taupiri Road, Gordonton
  • Huntly, Te Ohaki Road, Huntly
  • Kawhia Club, Kawhia, Waikato
  • Lochiel, Lochiel Road, Hamilton
  • Mangakino, 4 Konini Street, Mangakino
  • Mapiu Club, Mapiu, Te Kuiti
  • Matamata, Springs Road, Okauia
  • Matarangi, Matarangi Beach, Whitianga
  • Mercury Bay, Golf Road, Whitianga
  • Morrinsville, 17 Golf Course Road, Morrinville
  • Narrows, Airport Road, Hamilton
  • Ngahinepouri, Reid Rd, Ohaupo
  • Ngaruawahia, State Highway 1, Ngaruawahia
  • Okoroire, Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel, Tirau
  • Paeroa, Rotokohu Road, Paeroa
  • Pio Pio Aria, State Highway 3, Pio Pio
  • Pirongia, Pirongia-Hamilton Road, Pirongia
  • Purangi, cnr Hepburn & Purangi Roads, Purangi
  • Putaruru, Back Lichfield Road, Putaruru
  • Raglan Club, Raglan, Waikato
  • Stewart Alexander, Budden Road, Te Awamutu
  • Tahuna, Morrinsville-Ohinewai Road, Tahuna
  • Tairua Country Club, 283 Main Road North
  • Taumarunui, Golf Road, Taumarunui
  • Te Akau, Ngarawhahia, Waikato
  • Te Aroha, Main Te Aroha-Paeroa Road
  • Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, S.H 3, Te Awamutu
  • Te Kowhai, Cnr School & Store Roads, Whatawhata
  • Tirau Club, Tirau, Waikato
  • Tokoroa, Main Road South, Tokoroa
  • Waihi, Woodlands Rd, Waihi
  • Waikare, Waerenga Road, Te Kauwhata
  • Waiterimu, Storey Road, Ohinewai
  • Waitomo, Golf Road, Otorohanga
  • Walton, Walton-Kiwitahi Road, Walton

Golf Courses: Locations, Grounds, Design and Facilities

  • Golf Courses 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


    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


    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


    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


    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 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.