Kauri Cliffs, Mātauri Bay, Northland. © Gary Lisbon

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, Northland


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Perched on a clifftop with sweeping views out to Mātauri Bay and beyond to the Pacific Ocean, Kauri Cliffs is possibly New Zealand’s finest all-round golf course.

Part of a 6,000-acre working farm in Northland, Kauri Cliffs was designed by David Harman. 15 holes have spectacular views of the ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs that plunge to the sea. The remaining holes work their way through natural farmland, often played alongside sheep and cattle in nearby paddocks.  

In 2003 the course was home to the 2003 ‘Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf’ match between Fred Couples and local hero, Michael Campbell and in 2008, Kauri Cliffs hosted the PGA TOUR’s Kiwi Challenge.

The course has premium rental clubs and shoes, golf carts, push carts and caddies available, but you’ll want to bring your own camera. The par 72 course has five sets of tees ranging from 4,476 – 6,539 metres, though distance guides and course markings available in both metres and yards.

Aside from the magnificent golf course, Kauri Cliffs also features a fully stocked golf shop, plus locker rooms complete with showers, towels and day lockers.  

There is a world-class practice facility on site, with a driving range, bunkered target greens, a short game area with practice bunker and multiple putting areas.  

The acclaimed, celebrity-endorsed lodge at Kauri Cliffs is next to the course and provides spectacular Relais & Chateaux accommodation. The Lodge has received awards from virtually every publication in the world, including being named “World’s Best Hotel” by Conde Nast Traveller. With three private beaches, walking and biking trails, indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service spa, fitness centre, tennis court, natural waterfall and excellent activities, this property embodies the essence of luxury.  

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