New Zealand Golf

Eketahuna Golf Course © Tony

The scenery alone is worth walking 18 holes for, but New Zealand also has great golf along the way. The country is only now becoming a popular golf holiday destination, and its anonymity is to the great advantage of those who visit. Many of the country's courses don't require an advanced booking, and despite cheap greens fees, visitors strike golf gold at the top courses. In the north, Kauri Cliffs Golf Club fringes the picturesque New Zealand coastline. Its fairways stretch along the seashore and striking cliffs. Inland, Wairakey International Golf Course is a richly forested and difficult course. The density is contrasted to Cape Kidnappers. Here expansive views follow fairways created atop ridge lines with holes that start and finish at the water's edge.

While the North Island's courses are made picturesque by coastline, the South's are made equally impressive along the base of snow-crowned mountains. Top courses such as Terrace Downs, Clearwater, and Millbrook have views of the Southern Alps. While many quality municipal courses dot any area around cityscape the best courses are often quite removed. Staying in their resorts is worth it for the scenery alone and custom tours can link golfers to resorts all around the country. For shorter stays it is a good idea to tour only one island at a time.