Gulf Harbour Country Club

This championship course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and has hosted the New Zealand Open

Designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., Gulf Harbour was opened in 1997 and hosted the 1998 World Cup of Golf. The course features significant changes in elevation and magnificent sea views, with the back nine offering superb vistas of the Hauraki Gulf.

Located on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, only 40 mins outside of Auckland's downtown area, the "Trilogy" of 15th, 16th and 17th challenge golfers of all levels when the winds are blowing.The front 9 of this course has more hills than the back 9, which moves toward the water.

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Signature Holes:

7th, Par-3: This 328 yard par-4 is a superb risk/reward hole which showcases Jones' excellent use of water. A dogleg flanked by a lake tempts long hitters to go straight at the green.

16th: A par-4 dogleg right winding along the cliff tops. Measuring 460 yards, long hitters will be tempted to shortcut across the water and onto the green. Failure to carry the distance risks the ball landing on a downslope off of the green toward the cliff face. Success however is measured with an Eagle attempt.

17th: Par-5 552 yard hole follows the edge of a cliffside high above the breakers.

Customer reviews

Highlights Of The Trip: Getting off the plane in Queenstown – overwhelmed with the beauty. The boat ride in Queenstown to experience the expansiveness.

The drive from Queenstown to Franz Joseph - the mountains and glacier lakes that went on forever. Our lunch spot that day at a campsite on a lake. Abel Tasman: this is where I want to return and spend a week to hike the entire trail. Spent the day biking in Napier to wineries.

—Mary Jean S., Chapel Hill, NC

Frank and the Best of NZ team were exceptional in their planning support and execution of our trip to NZ North Island. We gave them the parameters - dates and golf courses we wanted to play and the pacing we wanted for the trip in terms of days in each region - and they produced an absolutely amazing trip for us. All of the arrangements were flawlessly executed and we sailed through the trip effortlessly. their expert advice - how much driving vs. in country driving would be ideal for us to maximize our experience, the excursion to Cape Reinga which was amazing, having our dinner prepared the first night after a long day getting to Bay of Islands was perfect and the selection of accommodations in Hawke's Bay was brilliant.

We will never forget the spectacular views from Kauri Cliffs golf course, the jet boat rides in Taupo, cycling through the vineyards in Hawke's bay and ending up sipping chardonnay with lunch at Clearview winery, the splendor of playing golf among the birds and grounds at Wairakei, and of course the spellbinding course at Cape Kidnappers.  We could tell Best of NZ have strong relationships in NZ because the people we encountered in NZ as our guides/hosts reflected just that - professional and friendly. NZ was an amazing, epic experience for us and we could not have asked for better support and execution from Best of NZ/Frank and his team. We cant wait to go back, this time to the South Island!!!! 

Thanks again Frank, YOU are the Best and the Best of NZ is truly the BEST!!

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