Golf courses aplenty in Taupo

Whilst in Taupo recently our group decided on a round of golf so visited the  Taupo i-SITE for some local information. I was pleasantly surprised to find four 18 hole golf courses all an easy drive from the Taupo township.

Taupo Golf Club is situated on Centennial Drive, a 5 minute drive north east of the town. There are two 18 hole golf courses on offer. We decided on the Tauhara Course which is a 68.1 par eighteen hole course with short smaller greens. Play continued amongst the thermal activity on the course and by the 18th I was happy with the 1 under par I had averaged.

Taupo Golf ClubTaupo Golf Club

The course has good facilities with practise fairways, putting greens, a chipping green and 3 practise bunkers together with a pro shop. The club house was a great place to unwind at the end of the course and we stopped for a drink on the expansive outdoor deck before our meal in the restaurant.

Inspired after the previous day we checked out the golfing information and decided on a 25 minute drive to the west of Taupo to the Kinloch Golf Course. Kinloch is currently the only Jack Nicklaus exclusive signature club to be completed in New Zealand and the only one in Australasia. Since opening in 2007 golfers have experienced the truly unique character, created by Nicklaus, on the par 72 eighteen hole golf course. The distinctive course is surrounded by Great Lake Taupo to the south and the Kinloch hills to the east, which creates a unique ambiance that is rarely experienced anywhere else in the world.

Kinloch Golf CourseKinloch Golf Course

The internationally renowned, 18 hole course is an easy 10 km drive to the north of Taupo. The Wairakei International Golf Course and Sanctuary, was our next destination. We were impressed when driving in, to be greeted by the nine metre high Pouwhenua (Maori carving) at the entrance to the facility.

The Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary offered our golfing party a unique opportunity to blend recreation, unknowingly with restoration and conservation. The course has a five kilometre“Xcluder” pest proof fence, which has been designed to keep out predators and enable nearly 25,000 native trees and 5,000 exotics to flourish at the sanctuary. This has encouraged bird life and further enhances the park like surroundings.

Wairakei golf course and sanctuaryWairakei International Golf Course and Sanctuary

To our delight 200 mixed colour pheasant have also been released onto the golf course property together with a small herd of around 15 fallow deer and a stag which are being reared within a deer fenced area. The whole of the golf course and sanctuary works in harmony and it was a pleasure to play a round at this par 72 facility.

Alternatively, just a few kilometres to the north from here is the Bayview Wairakei Resort 9-hole golf course. Offering the golfer a par 34 compact course, with the longest hole measuring 366 metres, including easy-walking greens amongst lovely scenery and mature trees.

Bayview Wairakei 9 Hole golf CourseBayview Wairakei Resort 9-hole golf course

For more information about golfing in the Great Lake Taupo region visit Taupo golf.



Comments 3

  • Just love Wairakei – haven’t played there for a while.

  • We too have lost a few positive reviews, not the end of the world but annoying as reviews are highly valued. We are somewhat piqued as not being avid bloggers or ones who surf the internet, missed out on this “survey” and debate. We did not get notified by email that such a survey was being undertaken, and if any notification was sent we certainly missed it.
    Surely it would have been fairer to have left the existing reviews as they were and to have simply blocked future non-verified reviews.
    If this has come about because some establishments are getting bad reviews, perhaps they are deserved. If for example an establishment receives a bad review from a vexatious person who has not stayed at the establishment, it would be simple to prove and have travelbug remove it.

    • Hi Ross, thanks for your comment, and it is fair to say you are not the only operator who would have liked to have been asked for your opinion before we made the change. We could probably have done this better and will endeavour to do so in the future. I agree completely that those who receive bad reviews should have to wear them, that’s the whole point of the system and we’re simply trying to put more rigour around this, rather than less. I do appreciate your feedback, though, and we’ll do better seeking operator input for future changes of this type.

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