The Original Hole In One Challenge


3 holes, 3 chances
to WIN!

Swing by to take on the original Hole in One challenge by hitting golf balls 102m (111 yards) out onto a floating pontoon on Aotearoa’s greatest inland sea – Lake Taupō to win the ultimate prize of $10,000 cash. Local’s, and Kiwis have repeatedly made this their ritual stop while tourists from far and wide enjoy the thrill and excitement of trying to get a hole-in-one. We average a hole in one every two weeks.

There’s no need to book unless you are a large group, if you have a group booking head to the Group & Events Booking enquiry page.




Winners Prizes Enquire

Three Holes Three Different Challenges

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Red Flag

This is the ultimate challenge to golfers and the prize reflects this. We offer $10,000 cash to anyone who gets their ball in the hole. At 102 metres (111yards) the red flag is shorter than a normal hole on a golf course which makes the odds for getting a hole in one more in your favour.

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Blue Flag

A 30 cm (12 inch) sand hole our second bunker. The balls sit on top of the sand and are clearly visible from the tee area.

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White Flag

A 50cm (21 inch) sand hole – so big its like landing in a bunker. This is our most popular hole in one to be won.

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During summer we are opened late for Night Golf.  It’s an exciting challenge under our night lights adding a little bit of an edge to the game. Want an idea for your next function – a Night Golf Function at the Hole in One is a winner! Enquire below on our Group & Event bookings page.


For as little as $2.00 you can try your luck or opt for one of our bucket options:

50 Balls $45 | 30 Balls $30 | 15 Balls $20

Want more chances at winning? If your golf ball lands on top of the pontoon you will get a FREE ball each time.

Group & Event Bookings

Come par-tee with us! Got a special gathering, event or function coming up? We’d love to host your group or whanau. We can offer ideas and packages to suit your needs and budgets to make your occasion special and a success.

About Us

Ko Tongariro te maunga – Tongariro is the mountain
Ko Taupō te moana – Taupō is the great inland sea
Ko Tūwharetoa te iwi – Tūwharetoa are the people
Ko Te Heuheu te tangata –  Te Heuheu is the man

Kia ora and welcome to the Lake Taupō Hole in One Challenge. We are an iconic drop in tourism activity in the heart of Te Ika a Maui – the North Island of New Zealand. Established in 1993, the idea was born out of a conversation in a bar and written on the back of a beer coaster. Local’s, and Kiwi’s have repeatedly made this their ritual stop while in the neighbourhood or travelling past. Tourists from around the globe have been swinging by to hit golf balls a hundred meters out onto a floating pontoon on Aotearoa’s greatest inland sea – Lake Taupō. For over two decades Lake Taupō Hole in One has averaged a hole in one every two weeks with a grand total of over 1000 winners!

In 2017 Lake Taupō Hole in One Challenge became the first tourism acquisition for local Iwi (tribe) – Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Our mission is to be an outstanding Māori owned tourism business in Aotearoa that promotes golf as a fun and exciting activity for everyone. We aim to be a market leader in tourism, that sets new benchmarks by constantly challenging ourselves to be extraordinary in what we do.

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Hole in One Challenge floating pontoon on lake Taupo.

Our Team

Lance Morris
Lance Morris
Shift Manager & Diver

Ko Lance taku ingoa. No Taupō ahau. Hi my name is Lance and I am a Taupō local who has worked at Hole in One for two seasons. What I enjoy about working at the hole in one is awarding our winners a hole in one prize. We average a hole in one winner every two weeks. You'd be amazed how many novices have won a hole in one on the white and blue flags which makes it all the more special.

Erama Smith

Stevie Ngaheu

Evelina Alapaa
Shift Manager

Helena DeYoung

Jernelle Ormsby

Bailey Nelson
Shift Manager

Zane Kitchen
Business Manager

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Get your daily dose of iron! Our current opening hours are...

Seven Days a week 9am-5pm - please note our hours may vary in bad weather please check our Facebook page for updates PLEASE NOTE WE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY 8th AUGUST to MONDAY 15th AUGUST WHILE WE DO SOME MAINTENANCE ON OUR PONTOON