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Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary

State highway 1, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
+64 7-374 8152
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Great day out

One of nz's most picturesque courses. Excellent experience, friendly staff, great warm up area... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Owen W
via mobile
Scenic golf with fauna everywhere

One of NZ's finest golf courses, with stunning vistas and an animal sanctuary to boot. A fantastic... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
Martyn S
Auckland Central, New Zealand
via mobile
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Wairakei golf course has been skillfully designed to blend with the natural surroundings of native bush, prolific bird song and picturesque scenery. Being the first of its kind with the uniqueness of the pest proof sanctuary, Wairakei has been recognized as New Zealand’s number one golf course. Sought by most discerning golfers Wairakei truly is an experience to remember. The predator free sanctuary that we have at Wairakei, offers a safe haven to fallow deer and many birdlife including mixed colour pheasants, guinea fowl, pekin ducks, takahe and our nation’s icon, the kiwi, which are all free to roam around the course.
  • Excellent94%
  • Very good3%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“green fee” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
State highway 1, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
+64 7-374 8152
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

One of nz's most picturesque courses. Excellent experience, friendly staff, great warm up area. The course itself , you get lost in the green , the birds , the quietness and the hole layouts are excellent.

Thank Owen W
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

One of NZ's finest golf courses, with stunning vistas and an animal sanctuary to boot. A fantastic morning golfing followed by a delicious lunch. Thanks!

Thank Martyn S
Reviewed 9 June 2017

It's hard not to be over-exuberant with superlatives after visiting Wairakei. Work carried out by the current owners has taken what was an excellent golf course to heaven on earth. The course itself is demanding for all abilities, without being stupidly so. If you're golf...More

Thank kiwitravellers2
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

From the moment you enter this facility you know you are in for something special. There is a low key coolness about the everything these guys do and this compliments the actual course which combines golf with spectacular natural beauty. The course it self is...More

Thank Shaunie888
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

This course was presented as neat as a pin. Perfect condition and peaceful. Club house provided good coffee and morning tea. Recommend this to anyone.

Thank Geridog1
Reviewed 21 April 2017

I was lucky enough to get a few hours free to enjoy this stunning golf course. Definitely the best one I have played in NZ so far. The combination of wildlife and superbly kept fairways/greens makes playing this course an absolute delight. The course is...More

Thank Adam J
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We really loved playing this course, plus the clubhouse food and service were great - Tira made us an amazing breakfast and top coffee. Definitely going back.

Thank Dishera
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Wairakei is a challenging but fair golf course set in beautiful surroundings with lots of wild life*. It is very well maintained; has a variety of hole to challenge your thinking game. The greens a fast and tricky. I found them difficult to read. But...More

Thank Cameron R
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

This is my favourite course in New Zealand. Every time I've played this course it's in amazing condition. This course is made even more special by the sanctuary and that you can see so much wildlife. A must play!

Thank Samuel F
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We really enjoyed playing here. The course is very attractive and well presented. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. We had a good lunch after our game in the clubhouse. We'd both love to play here again.

Thank LJaneW
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