If you love golf, then you'll love the Wairarapa: 10 scenic country courses catering for golfers of all abilities.
Golf in the Wairarapa offers visitors a not only a distinctly ‘kiwi’ scenic experience, but the chance to soak up the best of the region’s relaxed country charm ... and walk in the footsteps of one of NZ’s iconic golfers.
Dramatic coastal and mountain views, picturesque valleys and vineyards, meandering rivers and lakes and a variety of farmland await you.
New Zealand has more golf courses per head of population than any other country in the world with over 400 courses from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
Stretching along the Wairarapa section of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail from Makuri in the north to Ngawi on the south coast, the Wairarapa region has ten golf courses - one course for every 4,000 people!
Most Wairarapa courses are fully registered, with six 18-holers and two very popular seaside courses with shorter layouts. Green fees are also entirely reasonable, making for a great value day out in the stunning Wairarapa scenery.
Highlights to any golfer’s visit to the region include playing among the grape vines at Martinborough Golf Club, the coastal seaside courses at Riversdale and Castlepoint beaches, the riverside locations of Eketahuna and Mahunga and teeing off in the shadow of the iconic Tui Brewery at Pahiatua Golf Club.
However one of the main highlights for golfers is Masterton Golf Club - the original home club to Sir Bob Charles.
For many years the only left-hander to win a Major Championship — the 1963 British Open — Charles has been Masterton's, and New Zealand's, foremost golfing ambassador for the best part of five decades.
'All Teed Up' Golf Pro Shop, based at Masterton Golf Club, offers NZPGA professional golf coaching services, golf equipment hire and the best local golfing knowledge for visitors www.allteedup.co.nz.
Meanwhile the region's largest resort, the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park has a 10-bay golf driving range, swimming and spa pools, gym and numerous restaurants and bars, making it an ideal base for golfing visitors.
Tucked at the foot of the stunning Tararua Ranges and set on 10 hectares of parklands, the 4 Star Plus Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park is central to all courses and is just an hour from Wellington by road or rail.