Wairakei In­ter­na­tional Golf Course & Sanc­tu­ary

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Wairakei was opened in

1970 and was de­signed by Com­man­der John Harris, Eng­land's lead­ing golf course ar­chi­tect of the time. To­gether with English­man Michael Wolveridge and Aus­tralian Peter Thom­son - 5 times win­ner of the Bri­tish Open, they pro­duced New Zealand's first in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised golf course and there is lit­tle doubt that this trio ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions. To­day a 5.5km preda­tor-proof fence sur­rounds the course, with fal­low deer, pheas­ants, en­dan­gered takahe and kiwi among some of the more un­usual ob­sta­cles golfers may en­counter. Nes­tled within 450 acres of beau­ti­ful rolling coun­try­side, its 6429 me­tres fol­l­low the nat­u­ral con­tours of the vol­canic land­scape, with three wa­ter haz­ards and 108 bunkers. Around its bor­ders, plumes of su­per­heated steam can be seen ris­ing through ma­ture for­est en­sur­ing a truly unique golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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