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Lions Mini Golf in the Esplanade

Opening Days: Weekends, public and school holidays.  Subject to weather conditions.

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm with latest tee off at 4pm.

Pricing: Adult $8, Child $4 (12 and younger) and Family pass $20 (2 Adults & 2 Children).

Contact Person:

Rob 0274 446 706

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Private Bookings

The Lions Mini Golf course is available for private bookings outside of normal operating hours (weekend, public & school holidays).

  • Looking for a fun activity for the whole team?
  • Needs something different for your staff Christmas function?
  • What abount Mini Golf as your next client hosting function?
  • Looking to run a team building exercise with a bit of fun?

Complete the enquiry form or fill out and email the fillable PDF and we'll get back to you within 48 hours.

Bringing Mini Golf to the Esplanade

The why

The goal is to give the Palmerston North and Manawatu community a high quality and fun family activity creating minimal disturbance to the existing amenities. Additionally, the facility should be accessible to all in our community. Thus, special emphasis in the design makes 9 holes in the course accessible to those with disabilities.


The mini golf facility is being constructed on PNCC land within the Victoria Esplanade, backing onto the Manawatu Hockey Association complex and facing towards the children’s playground.

Suitable lease arrangements with the PNCC have been completed and the Lions Mini Golf committee acknowledge the support of Mayor Grant Smith. The course comprises approximately 1038 sq. m. and incorporates 18 holes.


A small but enthusiastic group from the Lions Club of Middle Districts planned over several years for the construction of a Lions Mini Golf - Palmy facility. Since then, considerable time has been invested meeting with a wide range of stakeholders, including regulatory bodies, local body staff, professional service providers, specialized geo- engineering consultants, and potential construction and funding partners. This work advanced the project where in 2021 final plans were completed, the appropriate resource consent granted and fundraising commenced.

During concept design, professionals were contracted and visits made to well-regarded mini-golf facilities throughout the North Island to capture key learnings in course design, layout and construction.

The facility has an open area and seating for visitors aiming for a light environmental impact, as demonstrated by the retention of most existing trees around the facility.

Long-term viability of the facility is an important consideration. Our objective is to ensure that the Lions Mini Golf at The Esplanade is built to a high standard of workmanship using quality materials that will be maintained to the highest level.

Included in the design is a kiosk from which the club will be able to sell refreshments (drinks and packaged ice-creams etc).


The Lions Mini Golf facility will be funded by the Lions Club of Middle Districts Charitable Trust through public donations and sponsorship and built with the cooperation of, and assistance from the business community of Palmerston North.  The project was budgeted to cost in excess of $350,000.

Pricing to use the facility is to be affordable for family participation and it is anticipated being able to accommodate 80 plus people per hour.


By early 2022, through the generosity of sponsors and donors and some underwriting from club members there were sufficient funds in the Trust to commence the project.

The Lions Mini Golf Committee acknowledges the generous and spontaneous support of the local business sector and building sectors and sponsors and donors supporting this project.

Our Club

A little about the local Lions Club behind this initiative. The Lions Club of Middle Districts was chartered on 15th February 1969 with 30 members. This club is the largest Lions Club in Palmerston North, with over 50 active and enthusiastic members. The club members are volunteers who bring lifetime skills and expertise in many different areas across the private and public sectors in our community.

Ownership & Proceeds

The facility is owned and operated by the Lions Club of Middle Districts Charitable Trust which is the Charitable arm of the Lions Club of Middle Districts Inc

The Lions Club of Middle Districts Charitable Trust will distribute all NET proceeds to local worthy causes, in line with charitable purposes outline in the Trust Deed.  A formal grant application and approval procedure has been developed to ensure robust assessment of each application leading to a fair and consistent way to offer support to those who request it.


The Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North is an outstanding facility focusing on the positive reinforcement of a family environment which is safe and open for all. During recent years, the Victoria Esplanade has been considerably enhanced with the construction of bush walks, cycle tracks, a playground, junior road safety park, the ever-popular Scenic Railway, and in 2017 Wildbase Recovery Centre all of which recongnises the Palmerston North City Council’s (PNCC) desire to further enhance this wonderful facility.


On 17th January 2022 following a formal blessing from Wiremu Te Awe Awe (local Kaumatua), the first sod was turned by Mayor Grant Smith, signalling the commencement of earth works preparing the ground, and installing drainage and electrical cabling prior to building the course.    


A detailed maintenance plan has been formulated to ensure the facility is always presented in first-class condition. We fully expect the Lions Mini Golf - Palmy to become a multi-generational attraction enjoyed by both local residents and visitors to our wonderful city for many years to come. 

Front of Kiosk - South Elevation

End of Kiosk - West Elevation

Back of Kiosk - North Elevation

Planting Plan

News / Updates

Lions Mini Golf Grants

Lions Mini Golf Drives Community Impact: 2023 Grant Recipients

Thanks to the generous support of our community, Lions Mini Golf along with other Club activities raised a significant amount in 2023, enabling the Lions Middle Districts Charitable Trust to contribute to a diverse range of impactful initiatives. We're proud to support these worthy causes:

  • Healthcare:
    • Palmerston North Hospital Foundation - new Children's Emergency Department: $20,000
    • Ronald McDonald House, Wellington - child cancer room sponsorship ($7,500/year for 3 years): $22,500
  • Education and Safety:
    • Ross Intermediate safe cycling initiative - two bikes: $1,500
    • A laptop for a parent caring for a disadvantaged child: $1,000
  • Community Resilience:
    • Hawkes Bay Cyclone relief: $10,000
    • Manawatū Scottish Society building repair: $9,000
  • Supporting Local Initiatives:
    • Free passes to mini golf for a variety of smaller community initiatives: $2,000

We're grateful for the support of our players and volunteers, and we're excited to continue making a positive difference in the lives of those in our community.

Lions Mini Golf New Paths

Improved access to the back golf holes.
Now completed are the boardwalks that will allow access to holes 10 to 16 for spectators including those with pushchairs. The work has been carried out by Middle Districts Lions club members.



Lions Mini Golf Full Time Lapse Video

See the full time lapse video of the construction of the Lions Mini Golf in the Palmerston North Esplanade, that is up until the time lapse camera was stolen, ,  Click read more to view the video.

  The video has been filmed, created and provided by Avodah Photo + Cinema.

Lions Mini Golf Opening

The Lions Mini Golf in the Palm Nth Esplanade was opened to the public at midday on Sat 1st Oct after an official ceremony was held on a cold and windy morning. Our sponsors, builders and club members were in attendance. The site was blessed by Wiremu Te Awe Awe, the ribbon was cut by our oldest club members Jim Whitfield & Nelson Speirs along with a youth representation whom then played the 1st hole.'

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Above is Middle Districts Lions Club member Roy Price who was the leader and initiator of this project.

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Cutting the ribbon is Middle Districts Lions Club oldest member Jim Whitfield. 

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Lions Mini Golf Opening 1st October at midday

Official Lions Mini Golf opening! After years of planning and construction, a wet and covid affected winter we are confidently able to open to the public. There is an official private opening ceremony on Sat 1st Oct from 10am to midday then open to the public from midday. Radio More FM will be at the opening up to 2pm will have lolly scrambles, and giveaways it should be a fun and busy opening. We expect to be busy so expect some queues outside.

Key Numbers of the course construction

We thought you might like to know some of the key numbers on the project so far,
113 Cubic metres of concrete poured
64 Tons of topsoil barrowed for gardens
25 Cubic metres of garden mulch
4500 Edging pavers affixed
86 Meters of boundary fence nib formed
5000+ Man - hours from Lion club members
500+ Plants being planted

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Time-lapse July 2022

Here is our Time-lapse video for the work done in July,  Click read more to view the video.

 The video has been filmed, created and provided by Avodah Photo + Cinema.

Building construction partners

The Lions Mini Golf facility emerged from the Esplanade ground only through the support of our building construction partners . Each of these partners stepped up and took ownership for the construction of 6 holes of the course and their inter-linking pathways. Given the pressure on the building sector during this period their collective commitment and man power has been absolutely amazing. A big shout out to Isles Construction Ltd, Kynoch Construction Ltd and Colspec Construction Ltd – awesome job guys.


Planting Begins

Lions members and others have been busy moving 2 truck loads (20 Tonne) of top soil and doing the planting. A truck load of sifted top soil was donated by Williams Construction. We now have several gardens planted and ready for mulch/stones and watering system. Also several of the charcoal paths were completed and they look stunning. Boxing has been removed and the tower was primed and painted and the panels are being installed.


Inspire Free Wifi

We welcome Inspire Net to our family of sponsors. James and the Team at Inspire Net have installed a fibre internet connection and 2 InspireFreeWiFi nodes providing free Wi-Fi on course for staff and visitors while facilitating our eftpos and security camera systems.