New Zealand

A jagged shoreline juts into the blue waters of the sea in this golf paradise

A tide of green fairways stretches into the distance, where mountains meet the o

Two golfers on the green with mountains in the distance

There is perhaps no place in the world that combines dramatic scenery with golf the way New Zealand does. From the snow capped mountain to the jagged coastlines and jutting fjords, you will play world-class courses in a picture-book setting. For golfers that like to combine some sightseeing with their trip, New Zealand offers many unique experiences at your doorstep.

Variety and choice is also part of your New Zealand golf experience. For a country roughly the size of California, there are more than 400 courses that exist today. The courses are also scattered about the country, so you can play near a range of settings, such as a dormant volcano, glaciers, dense forest, or sheer cliffs.


The climate in New Zealand is very moderate year-round, and golf can be played in any season. Temperatures rarely fall below 32°F or rise above 86°F in the populated areas. Another appealing aspect of New Zealand’s weather is that being in the Southern Hemisphere, it is summer there during our winter months, making December–March ideal months to visit.

Average temperatures in New Zealand (Farenheit)
Month Average high Average low
January 67 58
February 67 57
March 65 56
April 61 53
May 56 49
June 53 46
July 51 45
August 52 45
September 55 47
October 57 49
November 60 51
December 64 55

While the temperatures are moderate enough to play golf throughout the year, you will find significantly more daylight hours during “winter” months, allowing plenty of time for both golf and sightseeing.

Sunrises and sunsets in Ireland
Date Sunrise Sunset
Dec 15 5:42 8:50
Jan 15 6:05 8:54
Feb 15 6:44 8:25
May 15 7:22 5:12
July 15 7:43 5:11
October 15 6:32 7:42

Top 100 Courses in the World

As rated by Golf Magazine 2008

Cape Kidnappers
Kauri Cliffs

While there are only two courses listed in the World’s Top 100, there are many other courses that would rank in anyone’s top 100 for sheer scenic beauty and surroundings. Some other courses to consider include:

  • Kerikeri
  • Kinloch
  • Millbrook
  • Jacks Point
  • Terrace Downs
  • Gulf Harbour
  • Kinloch
  • Wairekei
  • Gullane
  • Christchurch