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Disc Golf in Taumarunui, New Zealand

Ruapehu’s largest town, Taumarunui is a great base for exploring Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks, Pureora Forest and beyond

Ruapehu’s largest town, Taumarunui is a great base for exploring Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks, Pureora Forest and beyond.

 

The Lost Tribe Disc Golf club hospitality is 'legendary'. You will never regret stopping by for a round or two in the King Country.

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Nestled in green hills at the junction of the Whanganui and Ongarue Rivers, Taumarunui’s rich history starts with early Māori (who named it ‘the place of big shelter’) and rolls through the railways and associated pioneering industries of coalmining, forestry and farming.

Today this vibrant town is the launching point for a raft of outdoor activities, including Whanganui River canoe trips and trout fishing for which the area is world-famous. Other options include mountain biking through Pureora Forest on the Timber Trail, and taking the famous railcart trip with Forgotten World Adventures. Railway enthusiasts may also want to check out the engineering marvel known as the Raurimu Spiral, not far away. Visitors looking for more relaxing activities are also well catered for. Must-dos are shopping on the high street, visiting Lauren’s riverside lavender farm, and enjoying good food and company down at the friendly RSA.

Nestled in green hills at the junction of the Whanganui and Ongarue Rivers, Taumarunui’s rich history starts with early Māori (who named it ‘the place of big shelter’) and rolls through the railways and associated pioneering industries of coalmining, forestry and farming.

Today this vibrant town is the launching point for a raft of outdoor activities, including Whanganui River canoe trips and trout fishing for which the area is world-famous. Other options include mountain biking through Pureora Forest on the Timber Trail, and taking the famous railcart trip with Forgotten World Adventures. Railway enthusiasts may also want to check out the engineering marvel known as the Raurimu Spiral, not far away.

Visitors looking for more relaxing activities are also well catered for. Must-dos are shopping on the high street, visiting Lauren’s riverside lavender farm, and enjoying good food and company down at the friendly RSA.

Polo Crosse Grounds, Taumarunui - 18 baskets, a National Tour Course

Competition Course/The Gap Course

The Polo Crosse courses started life as more an obstacle course than golf course .. BUT ... things have changed over the years. Pete, Blair, Des and the rest of the Lost Tribe Disc Golfers have designed an ever evolving competition 18 that is now ensconced on the NZDG annual tour. This park can get a little boggy over winter,so if you plan on attending the ''Gumboot Open', held traditionally on the first weekend in July, make sure you do indeed take your gumboots!

National Park Course - a National Tour Course

Discovery Lodge Highway 47, National Park

Contact: Des Cooper at Discovery Lodge.

This -- lovely course aptly named Smokin' Mountain lies under the gaze of the 3 snow capped cones that make up Tongariro National Park, so yes in winter it can be cold. The locals have done a lot of work on this one and proudly host the 'Smokin Mountain' event around October every year. The great use made of the available wooded areas makes this course a good test of accuracy, as well as placement and distance. Not a lot of elevation but still a very testing course.

The Hill

Tanga Rd - Piriaka...[18 objects].

This course is only marked out once a year and can only be played with permission from the local farmer so you will need to contact a local first.

This is in fact The Hill mk 2 and just quietly we think there's a few golfers pleased for the change. You do need to keep your wits about you though, as the local top dressing strip is right in the middle and low flying planes can really put the geebees up you on a crucial putt! Another course you can take a bad roll on as well and note that just because the ground looks firm, it doesn't mean you won't sink up to your knees in mud!

There are a lot of Totara trees as well and they catch disc better than an ultimate player in the end zone. 


A Disc Golf dusk at Discovery Lodge under the gaze of Mt Ruapahu



You know you'll win good at The Hill if you're a local...

Dylan doesn't miss these ones! Hole 7, Smokin' Mountain.
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