Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary

Destination: Lake Taupo

Situated just 5 minutes north of Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand. Wairakei Golf +Sanctuary is set midway between Wellington and Auckland, near Lake Taupo.

Designed By Commander John Harris, Michael Wolveridge, Peter Thomson

Imagine the experience of playing golf on a world class championship course, immersed in the natural beauty of a wildlife sanctuary. The Sanctuary is a complement to the golf course and was born out of a natural ecological canvas and the passion of the owner, Gary Lane. You are within 180 hectares of native flora and fauna amongst which is nestled one of New Zealand’s finest golf courses. Navigate your way through 18 testing holes of exceptional beauty and listen to the cacophony of birdlife, the meandering streams, the delightful waterfalls …

Officially opened in 1970, the course lies on 180 hectares of natural rolling countryside and was developed to meet the rigorous design standards required for world class championship competition. Worldwide acclaim has been given to the sprawling golf course that uses natural contours to the fullest.  It is the natural beauty and sheer experience of the property that makes Wairakei a must for both serious and casual golfers.


  • Par – 72
  • Blue Tees – 6,429 metres / 7,030 yards
  • White Tees – 5,801 metres / 6,344 yards
  • Red Tees – 5,084 metrss / 5,560 yards


Facilities Include

  • Well equipped Pro Shop
  • Mens & Ladies Locker Rooms
  • Full Dining Room
  • Accommodation is available in Taupo in your choice of accommodation.

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