Wairakei International has long been one of New Zealand’s best golfing experiences, ranked in the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses outside of the United States and New Zealand’s Number 1 course in 2010.
The course is visually stunning and impeccably groomed. 17 ground staff ensure every step on this beautiful course is one to remember. The perfectly presented fairways and greens which run true each and every time are an absolute treat to play on.
Bordered by a 5 kilometre long animal proof fence, Wairakei International is also a nature reserve where native Kiwi are bred and bird life flourishes. Red deer can often be seen venturing from the forests and roaming the lush fairways. Many of the holes here provide a close up experience with New Zealand’s native wildlife.
The January morning our International Golf Specialists group played here was perfect for golf. Driving into the course, I found myself for a second wondering why the group of golfers below me were standing on the green with drivers in hand. Such is the conditioning of the course, the tee boxes are easily mistaken as a putting surface.
The complimentary practise balls stacked into pyramids on the driving range may add to the feeling you are somewhere exclusive, but the staff and members here are friendly and welcoming and only too happy to tell you all they can to help you get the most from your round.
Every hole at Wairakei International is visually stunning. The strategically bunkered fairway on the opening par 5, 1st hole is just a taste of what is to come. Steep changes in elevation, slow running creeks, ponds which are home to all kinds of water birds and the stands of pine trees and native forest make Wairakei International an unforgettable golfing experience.
Combine this with the fact that it is also an extremely playable golf course and you have a golfing adventure that is a must play for anyone considering a golfing holiday in New Zealand.
Our round at Wairakei International left us asking just one question, how soon can we get back to play this course again? Had our schedule allowed, we would have played again the next day, maybe even that afternoon. With so many activities available in the beautiful town of Taupo, next time we will be allowing enough time for at least two rounds at this magnificent golf course.
To arrange your New Zealand golfing experience, contact the team at International Golf Specialists today.Return