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

We had a spectacular time on our trip after leaving Port Douglas and all the arrangements that you made for us came off without a hitch. All flights and transportation that you arranged were on time and we were well taken care of at all the places we went to.

The Boatshed was incredible. We met Johnathan and had a small dinner with him on our second night. We were the only guests at the hotel and he and his staff just made us feel right at home. Jack and Jen, Johnathan’s staff, took us out to a couple of wineries and we had lunch together. When we got back Johnathan treated us to dinner prepared by his own self. Fantastic.

Next up was Napier/Hastings and the Craggy Range cottage. Excellent choice for us. We were close enough to Havelock North to be able to easily drive into the town and wander around. We went and played Cape Kidnapers as well. The course was wet so no carts were allowed out. Craggy Range winery was great to us and we had dinner at Terroire. Great staff and good eats to be sure. On to Queenstown.

What a wonderfully European feel Queenstown had. Small intimate streets and people all over the place. The Spire was perfect for us. Florence greeted us and was superlative in her suggestions and ideas for us to do. We did take a plane ride out to Milford Sound and the cruise. We went wine tasting and went to Amisfield for lunch where there was a spectacular sunset. It was so good that the staff came outside to take pictures. Simply wonderful. We took the gondola ride up the hill and enjoyed a glass of champagne while we took in the view. That was our last day and really enjoyable. We left the next day and flew back home.

Again, all the arrangements you made of us came off without a hitch. I even drove on the left side of the road without incident. It’s not so bad once you figure out the roundabouts. Thanks to you and your team for setting this up. Will highly recommend this service to our friends should they need to journey down under.

—​Bob E & Sharyn B, San Francisco

It was a trip of a lifetime with truly unique beauty not found anywhere else. A New Zealand trip requires a specialist who knows the lay of the land the unique challenges of traveling and sight-seeing there.

The country looks a lot smaller than it really is, and travel times are longer than one can assume.

The route chosen by Cristina helped us maximize our time there. I’m usually a do it yourself traveler, but for this trip I’m sure glad I had Cristina at Best of New Zealand.

—Dawn P., Highland Ranch, CO