Wairakei International Golf Course & Sanctuary
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.