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Fancy a round of golf in the land of the long white cloud? Good, because New Zealand’s North Island is a haven for the active golfing enthusiast. Think spectacular clifftop vistas, sweeping manicured greens and a delicious after game lunch at the club. So, without further ado and in no particular order, we give you the ‘Top 10 Golf Courses near Paihia'.

 

1. Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

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Kauri Cliffs is a par 72 championship golf course with spectacular Pacific Ocean views from 15 holes! Six of these holes are adjacent to sheer cliff peaks that drop directly to the sea to harden up your nerves of steel. This highly regarded course ranks in the world’s top 100 for good reason!   

Contact Details: Ph +64 (0)9 407 0010 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

2. Waitangi Golf Club, Paihia

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Where the sea meets the tee. Waitangi Golf Club is a premier 18 hole course located in the Bay of Islands zone and very close to your Pioneer Waterfront Apartments home away from home. This exceptional course offers a challenge to all levels of golfing ability. Visitors welcome!

Contact Details: Ph +64 (0)9 402 7713 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



3. Sherwood Park Golf Course

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Take your clubs for a scenic drive and you’ll find the Sherwood Park Golf Course, about an hour south of us at Pioneer Waterfront Apartments. This relaxing course offers a mostly flat but challenging layout. The free draining volcanic soil enables guests to play well even in wet weather. Suits; beginners to intermediate players.

Contact Details: Ph + 64 (0)9 434 6900 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

4. Kaikohe Golf Club

Front of Kaikohe Golf Clubhouse

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A 40-minute drive inland from Paihia, a course that is full of history and was once rated as one of the best in Northland. Great for all levels of golfers beginners to social players.

Contact Details: Ph +64 (0)9 405 3814

 

5. Carrington Golf Course

view of clubhouse looking out over carrington

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Karikari Peninsula - a very long course if you play off the Blacks... well worth taking a cart! Some spectacular northerly views from the clubhouse and lounge up the east coast towards the while silica sands towards Houhora. The course is perfect for golfers of all skill levels and offers a great variety of challenges, it is known for the longest Par 5 in New Zealand 569 metres, and the shortest Par 3 over the water 113 metres.

Contact Details: Ph +64 0(9) 408 7222 



6. Bay of Islands Golf Club, Kerikeri

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Close to home and the Bay of Islands Golf Club is a hugely popular course for locals and visitors alike. Hence, booking your tee time on the green ahead of schedule is recommended. The atmosphere on the course and at the clubhouse is welcoming to all. One of the best golf courses near Paihia by a country mile. Surrounded by quite a hilly countryside the course is still designed to be relatively flat.

Contact Details: Ph + 64 (0)9 407 8837 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7. Okaihau Golf Club

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This great little 9 hole option is just a thirty-minute drive from Pioneer Waterfront Apartments. Okaihau Golf Club is ultra casual and affordable to all. Great for all ages and skill levels, there are a few tricks around the greens to catch you out. It’s a short and picturesque road trip to the course too, you will enjoy the whole experience from the drive to the course and the tee off.

Contact Details: Ph + 64 (0)9 401 9223  

 

8. Whangarei Golf Course and Country Club

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A little over an hour drive south of Paihia and you’ll arrive at the Whangarei Golf and Country Club. This quaint destination will deliver a great day on green for everyone involved. Some of the course is set in native bushlands and surrounding by stunning mountain views, which can prove challenging. However, the rewards of a bogie or better are worth it. Tip; casual dress code and tasty counter meal lunches.  

Contact Details: Ph +64 (0)9 437 0775 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

9. Whangaroa Golf Club, Mangonui

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Whangaroa Golf Club, 1 hour north of Paihia a few kilometres east of Doubtless Bay, is a mostly uncrowded course with neatly mown greens and many mature trees. There’s bountiful native bird life on this 18 hole course and although the greens are small the rating is more than 3 shots under 70 par. The club has over 200 members and a strong Junior membership base. After you finish a round of golf step into the clubhouse where you will be made to feel at home with the friendly local club atmosphere.

Contact Details: Ph +64 (0)9 405 1808  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



10. Waipu Golf Club, Bream Bay

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We love Waipu! With a reputation for having the best greens in all New Zealand, set on the water's edge of Bream bay with spectacular ocean views from the back and front 9 holes, this terrific course presents the avid golfer with both risky challenges and outstanding scorecard point rewards. It’s a three hour round trip drive North from Paihia to Waipu, so enjoy a full day here and tuck into a tasty feed at Waipu’s aptly named Tee Cafe

Contact Details: Ph + 64 (0)9 432 0259 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Golf Resources

Map of courses in NZ - North Island

List of courses in NZ - North Island

 

Further Reading

10 Things to do on Your Getaway to the Bay of Islands 

10 Great Bay of Island Adventure Tours

Top 13 Restaurants in Paihia

Puketi Nature Trail