Waitangi Golf Club

Elevated above the Bay of Islands this course offers both a challenge and beautiful views of the sea during play

Many visit Waitangi for its significance to New Zealand culture and history. The golf course sits on a significant piece of land for the country's history and the grounds are near where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840.

This course is a stone's throw from the seaside towns of Paihia and Russell. It has a beautiful view over the Onewhero Bay. On a sunny day the blue is almost Caribbean in nature- with emeralds and blues contrasting the islands in the bay. Playing at 6571 yards from the tips, the Waitangi Golf Club has superb views of both the Bay of Islands as well as natural Kiwi forest and rolling landscape and clubs in the US would charge an arm and a leg for a course with this type of access. As the Northland area has a temperate climate all year, players can expect a sea view complete with boating and occasional dolphin sightings.

Difficultly with this course comes from its narrow fairways and tight greens. Originally completed in the 40s this course has added 400+ yards in length over the past couple of years and was partially refreshed in 2011 by Kristine Kerr (Pegasus GC).

- Please Contact Us for special pricing inquiries and golf package information -

Play Info and Signature Holes

Front 9: Classic parkland setting in native bushland with mature trees.

  • 3rd (Par 5) extended 70+ yards in 2016 and plays to an elevated green
  • 6th (Par 3)

Back 9: More challenging, open to the sea links-style. Holes are on clifftops and views are spectacular.

  • 10th (Par 3) Breeze off of the sea blows directly into face as hole slopes left- so watch the bounce if dry
  • 11th(Par 5) Long downhill sweeping left plays to a generous area but also a downhill lie. The approach is then into a blind green which sits on a peninsula, so this is tight to the sea!
  • 12th(Par 4) Tee water directly to left this is a drive-able green at around 273yds. Bunkers to the left can provide recovery (rather than the ball into the ocean)
  • 14th (Par 4) dogleg left overlooking the Bay of Islands and just a few meters (or a suggested five-iron) away from the Historic Treaty House this hole demands accuracy from both the box and on approach


Course Info:

  • Black Tees: 6009m (6571 yds)
  • Blue Tees: 5858m (6406 yds), Par 70
  • White Tees: 5546m (6065 yds), Par 70
  • Yellow Tees: 5330m (5828 yds), Par 71

Head Professional: Alex Bonnington

Architect History: W A Kiely (1947), Kristine Kerr (2009Kura Golf Course Design)

Prices:

  • Greens Fees: $49
  • Golf Cart: $40
  • Clubs: $45
  • Trundler (Push Cart): $7
  • Shoes: $10

Prices are in $NZD

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!!!!

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

—Peter & Karen S., San Diego, CA

From all of us, thank you for a fabulous trip to New Zealand! We cannot begin to tell you how much we loved everything you put together for us! Every detail ran like clock work and each lodge was better than the last! A highlight was our daughter’s engagement at Cape Kidnappers where we were spoiled by the staff to a lovely wine cellar dinner! But add that to all the heli fishing and fine golf everywhere, we could not have had a more memorable, special trip! Many thanks for a great job on the part of you and your team.
Leslie and Michael L., Texas, USA

—Leslie L., Texas, USA