Sir John Key gives Obama's thoughts on NZ and reveals who won the golf in Northland today

Clasping a coffee, Barack Obama looked relaxed as he soaked up his first real taste of Kiwi sunshine today and according to his golfing buddy Sir John Key the day went extremely well.

He was a big hit wherever he went. Source: 1 NEWS

The former US President headed to Northland's exclusive Kauri Cliffs Golf Course from Auckland via helicopter this morning.

Obama was accompanied by his golfing buddy Sir John Key and his son Max Key.

In a text to 1 NEWS reporter Paul Hobbs, John Key says Obama really enjoyed the hit out.

"Great match, he was relaxed, loved the course and his first glimpse of NZ," part of the text read.

Mr Key also said that Obama was "keen to return" to NZ and the golf match came down to the wire.

"All square after 18, Team NZ won on the second play-off hole," he wrote.

Following golf, it is understood President Obama will be staying at the Northland luxury lodge The Landing.