FAQ's

Where is Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary?

Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary is in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, near Taupo.  By air, Taupo can be reached in an hour from Auckland or 1.5hour from Wellington.  By car, the drive from Auckland is 3.5hr or 4.5hr from Wellington.  

How much does it to cost to play Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary?

NZ registered player $215. 

Australian player $250.  

International player $300. 

Cart hire is $60 for two people sharing or $40 for a single in a cart. 

Club hire is $75.   

Trundler hire is complimentary. 

What if I’m not registered to a NZ golf club?

The green fee for NZ residents that don’t belong to a NZ golf club is $240. 

How do I make a booking?

If you are NZ registered you can book online up to two weeks in advance, using your DotGolf membership and going to Golf NZ. 

Please provide us with the following in order to request a booking: 

  • Contact us by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +64 7 374 8152. 
  • A contact name and phone number for the booking 
  • The number of players 
  • The date(s) that you wish to play and your approximate preferred tee time(s) 
  • Whether you will require cart hire, or if you would prefer to walk the course 
  • We would appreciate it if you could please provide Dotgolf membership numbers, or full names and home clubs, for all players before the day of play. If you are requesting multiple tee times then a draw for the order of play will assist us with checking you all in in a timely manner.  

Is there a dress standard at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary?

Players and spectators must be dressed in appropriate golf attire, neat and tidy at all times. Men: collared shirts with sleeves, dress pants or shorts are required. Ladies: collared shirts with or without sleeves, collared dresses, skirts, skorts and shorts are appropriate. Not permitted: tee shirts, singlets, denim shorts, denim pants, track pants, work boots, jandals. Golf shoes: metal spikes are not permitted on course.

Can we hire equipment at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary?

We offer quality hire clubs from Callaway, Titleist and Ping. 18 hole club hire: $75. 9 hole club hire: $37.50

Is it compulsory to cart?

Carts are not compulsory. Players may walk, trundlers are complimentary. The majority of players do choose to take carts due to the landscape and distance from green to tee.

Do you have caddies?

We do not offer a caddy service.

Where is the closest airport?

Taupo airport is a 20-minute drive from the golf course. Taupo airport has daily flights direct to/from Auckland and Wellington.

Is there accommodation available on the golf course?

We do not have accommodation on the golf course. Wairakei Resort is the closest accommodation to the golf course. Please note we are not associated with Wairakei Resort. Taupo township is only 6km south of Wairakei and offers a variety of accommodation options to suit any budget and preference. This website is very informative Love Taupo.

Is there food & beverage services available, before/during/after the round

Wairakei Clubhouse Café is fully licensed, serving fresh and delicious food whilst overlooking the beautiful scenery of the golf course. Coffee service available from 8am and the kitchen opens at 8.30am. The clubhouse closes 5pm-6.30pm, depending on the season.

Can my non-playing spectator accompany me on my round?

Your spectator is welcome to accompany you on your round, no charge to walk the course. Cart fee applies if spectators want to ride. Please take note of the dress standard which applies to spectators as well as players on course. For safety reasons the spectator must stay with the player/s on course, it is not safe to wander from the playing group.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Gift vouchers are available for purchase from the Pro Shop. Gift vouchers can be used towards green fees, lessons, retail purchases or food and beverage in the clubhouse.

We can offer you a gift voucher for any NZ dollar denomination, or for something specific e.g. ‘a round of golf for one player including cart share’. Please visit the following link for further information about what we can offer: https://wairakeigolfcourse.co.nz/golf-course/rates-reservations

We can take payment for your voucher either via direct credit, credit card or debit card over the phone. Our bank account details are as follow:

Wairakei International Golf Course Ltd 06-0287-0477366-00. If you pay by direct credit, please add your name and the word ‘voucher’ to the payee statement details.

Once we have received your payment, we will send out the voucher to you. Please advise if you would like it sent to a physical address or by email.