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).

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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

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

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.

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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