Mangawhai Golf Club

A beautiful links course located near one of the regions's famous beaches renown for surfing

Mangawhai GC

Often overshadowed by the ultra-luxurious (and ultra-private) Tara Iti, the Mangawhai Golf Club is consistently regarded as one of the country's best local courses to play for seaside golf. Located less than a km from the ocean, this course was fully completed in the 90's to 18 holes and boasts undulating fairways that make their way to the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.

What Mangawhai lacks in length to modern tracks it makes up in difficulty. Low scores do not stem from power as much as a need for striking ability and finesse. Fairways range from generous to narrow and the course has nice views of coast, countryside and wetlands. Original architect Harry Dale built on top of a sand base so the grounds do well drying after rain- no matter the time of year.

Until the massive capital which has poured into the modern day super-luxury courses Mangawhai GC was renown throughout the country as a tough track... and it still is! This is evident immediately within a round as players take to the box on the second hole. The 423 yard par-4 2nd hole is the most difficult as it doglegs to the right and is flanked by both marshland (on the left) and dunes (on the right). The reward of an accurate tee shot is short-lived as the approach is to an elevated green. Whether that the flag is in the front or more hidden toward the back will determine club selection. Many fail to remain aggressive to this green and suffer as a result.

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Customer reviews

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 ofcourse 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!!!!

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—Peter & Karen S., San Diego, CA

We are near the end of our New Zealand trip. It has been terrific and amazing. Each stop was unique. First at Tara Iti... now Cape Kidnappers. It is perfectly designed and managed. Great staff and service.The golf course is beautiful and the Kiwi hunt very special... Thank for your help in all the planning.

—Jay K., Jackson, WY