Muriwai Golf Club

Laid out excellently to present a different challenge every day, this links course demands attention to the wind with every swing

As the Auckland area's only true links style course Muriwai Golf Club is a year-round destination known for both its layout and surrounding blacksand beaches. Although the facilities here are sparse, the course is impressive and worth the 30 minute day trip from Auckland CBD if looking for a true Kiwi golf experience.

The land is part of a regional park located on the coast to the west of Auckland and draws its watering supply from the local streams. As one descends from the high cliffs which overlook the course and the Tasman Sea the surf comes into view. Blacksand from nearby beaches comprise that which is found in the bunkers, and lends ruggedness to the course. Coastline views, gannets floating updrafts, and the sound of waves crashing on the shoreline bring serenity to this course.

Gusty winds off of the water create a wonderful test, and play is year round thanks for good drainage and the temperate climate of the North Island. If played in the morning a decent post-round activity may be to visit a few of the beautiful wineries on the drive back into Auckland.


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Signature Holes:

8th: This par-3 plays 168 yards toward the sea and into the wind. Club selection is a challenge- with the need to hit driver if you find this hole on a particularly windy day.

12th: Bending
right to left and featuring a myriad of traps placed throughout, this
par-5 will test one's patience or reward based on how well practiced a
player is hitting long irons from the sand.

Customer reviews

My wife and I, along with Sandy and George, arrived home about two weeks ago from a trip to New Zealand that you facilitated. The four of us have been traveling together for 47 years after meeting in a small Bed & Breakfast in London in 1971.  We have traveled extensively in Europe, Canada, United States, and South America.

New Zealand was a distant stretch for us, and then we asked Julie for help on the recommendation of friends and she took us to you.  And that was our lucky day!

The five weeks we spent in New Zealand were possibly the most seamless, best organized trip we have ever experienced.  The accommodations were outstanding, everyone of them. The accommodations fit very well with the itinerary that we gave to you. Each and everyone exceeded our expectations from Auckland to Invercargill.  The people we met in the B&Bs were very accommodating and attentive to all of our needs. We did not consider them as hosts but rather New Zealand friends.  The food was excellent.  Tour suggested excursions were always right on target.

I believe the only thing that would have made the trip better was to stay longer.  This was meant to be a onetime experience, but already there has been suggestions of a return.

Thank you for your part of this fantastic adventure!

—Carol and Bob P., PA, USA

The Henley was incredible. What a find. Incredible grounds, the staff was waiting for us when we pulled up, great rooms, lovely breakfast. We could have stayed another day or two. Definitely the perfect place for us to recharge after the flight and a busy day... Everyone has been enjoying the trip.

—S Kucirek, CA