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. However, there is fast motorway access to west coast beaches and Lower and Upper Hutt, so over 20 courses can be reached within an hour’s drive.

The 32 courses throughout this region are listed below together with a brief description of some of the notable ones.

Paraparaumu Beach club, 80 km north of Wellington, is New Zealand’s best example of a classic sand-based links-style course. It is ranked within the top 100 such courses in the world and is a regular venue for major tournaments. The 5,919 metre, par 71 course is regarded by many as New Zealand’s best serious golfer’s course. Its exposure to contrary winds, narrow fairways, unpredictable humps and hollows and unforgiving rough margins, make it one of the greatest golf challenges you can find anywhere. A game here is an absolute must for the real golf enthusiast travelling down State Highway One.

Hutt club in Military Road, Lower Hutt, is notable for its flat fairways, contoured greens and prolific mounds and dips. Skirting the Hutt River, the 5,906 metre, par 70 course has superb club facilities and represents a great golfing experience for the visitor. Tee-off times must be booked in advance.

Manor Park on Golf Road, between Lower and Upper Hutt, is also a very fine course where straight drives are an absolute necessity as out of bounds comes into play on most of the holes and the ignominy of a splash in the Hutt River is always on the cards. Tee-off times need to be booked in advance, especially on weekends.

Wellington club at Heretaunga, 32 kms from the city in the Hutt Valley, is a picturesque course strung with avenues of trees and crossed by streams. It is a great test of skill as the contours place a premium on accuracy and placement.

Wellington Region Golf Courses

  • Hutt, Military Road, Lower Hutt
  • Judgeford, State Highway 58, Porirua
  • Kapiti, Valley Road, Paraparaumu
  • Manor Park, Golf Road, Lower Hutt
  • Masterton, Boltons Road, Masterton
  • Miramar, 1 Stewart Duff Drive, Miramar
  • Paraparaumu, 376 Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu Beach
  • Shandon, Gear Island, Petone
  • Wainuiomata, 334 Coast Road, Wainuiomata
  • Wellington, Golf Rd, Heretaunga
  • Alfredton, Route 52, Alfredton
  • Boulcott, Boulcott Street, Lower Hutt
  • Carterton, Chester Road, Carterton
  • Castlepoint, Castlepoint Rd, Castlepoint
  • Duck Creek, 15 Discovery Drive, Whitby
  • Eketahuna, Macara Street, Eketahuna
  • Featherston, Viles Road, Featherston
  • Hutt Valley, Randwick Road, Lower Hutt
  • Karori, 280 Makara Road, Wellington
  • Mahunga, Oxford Street, Masterton
  • Makuri, Domain Road, Pahiatua
  • Martinborough, Boundary Rd, Martinborough
  • Mornington, 566 Adelaide Rd, Wellington South
  • Ohariu Valley, Ohariu Valley Road, Wellington
  • Otaki, Old Coach Road North, Otaki
  • Pauatahanui, Paekakariki Hill Road, Porirua
  • Roversdale, Riversdale beach, Wairarapa
  • Te Marua, Main Road, Upper Hutt
  • Titahi, Gloaming Hill, Porirua
  • Trentham Camp, Dante Road, Trentham
  • Waikanae, Te Moana Road, Waikanae
  • Wainuioru, Cavighan, Masterton

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.