Tara Iti - New Zealand's Finest Golf Course

This is the first post in our 18 post blog series on New Zealand’s finest golf courses. We start the series with a quick look at Tara Iti, New Zealand’s finest golf course and most exclusive golf club.


Tara Iti. Photo Credit  Jacob Sjoman

Tara Iti. Photo Credit Jacob Sjoman

Tara Iti is New Zealand’s finest course and will be for many decades to come. It sits in its own league above all other marquee courses in New Zealand. It is as simple at that.

An ultra exclusive and private members club, Tara Iti is located 1.5 hours north of Auckland on the Mangawhai coast. Access to the property is best done via helicopter.

The property and golf course is not open to the public but it is possible to play here, subject to approval, and you will be required to stay overnight in the luxury accommodation.

A smorgasbord of the world’s most influential golfers, golf media and famous golf playing VIPs such as Barack Obama have visited this exquisite destination and it is clear that Golf Digest’s ranking of the course at #6 (on debut) is right on point.

The Tom Doak designed masterpiece is exceptional and all who are privileged to play this course will be treated to a golfing experience, unlike no other. In fact we believe that Tara Iti really is a slice of heaven, unlike no other.

Tara Iti. Photo Credit  Jacob Sjoman

Tara Iti. Photo Credit Jacob Sjoman

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New Zealand's Finest Golf Courses (Blog Post Series)

New Zealand was awarded the Golf Destination of the Year (Asia & Australasia) in 2018 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. (IAGTO)

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As the many golf travelers who have experienced “the land of the long white cloud” already know, New Zealand offers a superb selection of high end marquee golf courses, many of them unanimously ranked as the best in the world.

Cape Kidnappers, located in the sunny Hawkes Bay wine region on the east coast of the North Island

Cape Kidnappers, located in the sunny Hawkes Bay wine region on the east coast of the North Island


This 18 blog post series will focus on each of the following top 15 New Zealand “marquee”* golf courses and what experiences they have to offer in 2019.

  • Tara Iti

  • Kauri Cliffs

  • Gulf Harbour

  • Wainui

  • Titirangi

  • Windross Farm

  • Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary

  • The Kinloch Club

  • Cape Kidnappers

  • Paraparaumu Beach

  • Royal Wellington

  • Clearwater

  • Jacks Point

  • Millbrook

  • The Hills

We will also be looking at three of New Zealand’s renowned “experience” courses:

  • Muriwai Golf Club

  • Terrace Downs

  • Arrowtown Golf Club

Our first post in the series on Tara Iti will be posted on Friday 4th at 12pm (NZT).

* Marquee in the New Zealand golf context means that these course are premium golf courses of an international world class standard comparable to other top 100 golf courses and destinations in the world. These courses may have Relais & Châteaux affiliated luxury lodges on site, they have hosted international golf tournaments and are generally considered to be attractive to luxury travelers.