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Visiting the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney


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We linku2 information about the Hibiscus Coast including Whangaparaoa, Orewa, Silverdale and Gulf Harbour and the Rodney District including Warkworth, Matakana, Wellsford, Pakiri, Snells Beach and the Hauraki Gulf Islands including accommodation, things to do, places to go, boat ramps, golf courses, wineries and more

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Visiting the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney

  1. 1. Visiting the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney  Auckland Super City  The Hibiscus Coast - Waiwera, Hatfields Beach, Orewa, Dairy Flat, Stillwater, Silverdale, Red Beach, Stanmore Bay, Manly, Little Manly, Tindalls Bay, Matakatia Bay, Gulf Harbour, Army Bay, Shakespear Regional Park, Tiritiri Matangi  Rodney District - Kawau, Puhoi, Warkworth, Matakana, Wellsford, Helensville, Kumeu/Huapai/Riverhead  Horse Trekking - Fun for all Ages  Places to Go and Things to Do  Wineries  Golf Courses  Boat Ramps  Walks and Cycleways  Local Markets Inside this issue: Linku2 Hibiscus Coast Business and Community Services are kindly sponsored by Pak n Save Silverdale helping us support our local Community Topics in the Linku2 Web and Booklet Series Babies and Toddlers Business Services Education and Training, Clubs and Community Getting Married Health and Beauty, Sport and Recreation Hibiscus Coast Real Estate, Building and Property Development Living and Leisure Motor, Marine, Industrial and Rural Senior Living Shopping and Retail, Wining and Dining Visiting the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney For details and downloadable versions of these publications visit or call 09 428 0204 Adverts in this booklet are part of our Linku2 Web and Booklet plans. Businesses can register for free on site listings and pricing for booklet inclusion starts from $25 pm/ $150 for 6 months. For further details contact Sarah on Phone: 428 0204, Email: or visit our website at (Rates subject to change - for up to date information visit the website) Visit | We Linku2 | Local Visitor Information including a photo gallery of this beautiful area
  2. 2. Visit to find everything you need locally, pick up a free booklet from one of our many stands or download a copy on site. Linku2 also provide on site local information including Free Classified Sales, Local Events Calendar, Latest news plus Information on the local area and services (eg bus timetables, rubbish collections, libraries, emergency contacts, etc) Support our community to Go Local, Grow Local ... Margay Management and Rentals - Head and Shoulders above the rest Jayne and Clinton Cowley P O Box 306, Whangaparaoa Ph: 428 0010 Email: Web: Holiday Lets and short term accommodation experts We’ve Made Movies CHEAPER on the coast! All 2D Tickets $9.90  All 3D Tickets $13.50 All day, every day exclusive at Hoyts Hibiscus Coast Hoyts Hibiscus Coast, 6 Link Drive, Whangaparaoa Ph: 09 488 6000 w HIBISCUS COAST
  3. 3. As you head north from the Harbour Bridge, passing through the North Shore, from the borders of Albany the landscape opens out to lush green fields and wide views at the start of a wonderful area often passed by tourists and yet encompassing everything wonderful about New Zealand including fabulous sandy beaches, rolling green pastures and peaceful rural retreats. The Hibiscus Coast and Rodney embrace a wide variety of landscapes with hundreds of kilometers of stunning coastline varying from the wild, black sand surf beaches of the west coast to the golden sand bays of the East Coast. Lush green hills, boutique wineries, hot pools, delightful beach resorts, amazing off-shore islands, a world-class marine reserve and more… AUCKLAND SUPER CITY In 2010 the districts of Auckland City, Franklin, Rodney, Waitakere, North Shore, Papakura and Manukau combined to create Auckland Super City. The former Rodney District was split with the southern suburbs of the Hibiscus Coast being integrated in a new ward called Hibiscus and Bays. Hibiscus and Bays Ward The Hibiscus and Bays ward of Auckland Super City encompasses the Hibiscus Coast and East Coast Bays suburbs. The boundaries run from Waiwera in the north to Campbells Bay in the south and include the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Orewa, Silverdale, Browns Bay and Mairangi Bay. THE HIBISCUS COAST Visitors and locals alike relish the beauty of the Hibiscus Coast. Not only do we have wonderful beaches, plenty of parks and reserves but many activities designed for all to enjoy. As you head north of Auckland, you may well wonder what is in store on the Northern boundaries, yet a glimpse of the spectacular serene landscape between Albany and Silverdale is an indication you are heading into a superb part of New Zealand, just 20 minutes from the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The spectacular landscape ahead is the start of the Hibiscus Coast, including the areas of THE BEEHIVE, HAURAKI GULF ARKLES BAY VIEW OVER WHANGAPARAOA PENINSULA
  4. 4. Dairy Flat with air tours to places such as Great Barrier Island and Silverdale with a mecca of factory shops and fun activities. Exploring the Hibiscus Coast from the Northern end you will discover - Waiwera is a small settlement 35 minutes north of Auckland and just 6 km north of Orewa. It is a quiet area with the closest shops being in Orewa. The name comes from the Maori for "Hot Water" (Wai = Water and Wera = Hot). Waiwera is home to the popular Waiwera Thermal Spa Resort and Hot Pools. Naturally heated by geothermal activity, the local spa resort offers health and beauty treatments as well as hot pools for kids and adults. Known for it‟s hotel accommodation and treatments for travellers, invalids and pleasure parties from as early as 1845, travellers came by horse or steamer to the man made jetty. ____________________________________________ Hatfields Beach is the bay between Waiwera and Orewa. Most of the settlement is to the right of the beach. There are homes and baches to rent as well as B & B's and lodges. It is a popular fishing spot, especially for snapper. Many people enjoy waterskiing, canoeing, swimming, windsurfing and boating around the beach which has a boat ramp. Hatfield‟s claim to fame is it was the home of a bach of the late Sir Robert Muldoon in the 1970‟s.
  5. 5. Orewa beach is one of the cleanest and safest beaches on the Hibiscus Coast. It is 3 km long and only 20 minutes north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. There are a great number of tourists visiting the area because it is so beautiful. It is very popular for surfing, swimming and kiteboarding and is the home of the Orewa Surf Club. There are two playgrounds as well as a basketball area, volleyball net and a large amount of space with picnic benches. Shopping and Entertainment - The shopping centre is relatively compact, with many different types of shops. There are also a number of different restaurants, many along the waterfront on the opposite side of the road, with a wide variety of different foods. The Estuary Arts Gallery is also worth a visit with regular exhibitions. Close by is the youth centre popular with local youth with a skate park and good facilities. Schools - Orewa has three schools - Orewa North years 1 - 6, Orewa Primary years 1 - 6 and Orewa College years 7 - 13. Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve - Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve is located on Old North Road in Orewa. It holds many native Kauri and Puriri trees and Broadleaf forest. The Nukumea Stream runs through the reserve and there is a good track beside the stream which leads to Kensington Park. The track is suitable for wheelchair and pram access. There is also a Pa site at the entrance to Hillcrest Road. Orewa Millenium Walkway - The Orewa Millenium Walkway takes approximately 2 hours. For full details see Walks and Cycleways. Te Ara Tahuna - Estuary Walkway and Cycle - This is a beautiful walk around the Estuary. Again see Walks and Cycleways. Victor Eaves Park - Victor Eaves Park is in Orewa just off West Hoe Road. It is used The Pioneer Bar and Restaurant 9-13 Tamariki Ave, Orewa Ph: 421 1053 Open 7 days for relaxed dining and a great atmosphere. Specials and events. Great for family dining What's on at The Pioneer... Regular Happy Hours plus specialty German Erdinger beer only at The Pioneer Check our menu by scanning this QR code
  6. 6. as a sports area for training and events including runs and soccer. There are excellent facilities for hosting events and the Orewa Tennis Club is based on the adjacent tennis courts. Western Reserve - Western Reserve is at the south end of Orewa Beach. It is next to Orewa Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. It is home to Estuary Arts Gallery and the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre as well as Left Bank Cafe. It is the starting point for the Te Ara Tahuna Walkway. There‟s a boat ramp and fishing off Orewa bridge and swimming in the Estuary. Coastal Walkway - The Coastal Walkway is a wonderful stretch of walks that can take you all the way from Orewa to Matakatia. Starting at Armorino Reserve at the southern end of Orewa Beach see Walks and Cycleways for full details. Okura Walk - Okura Walk starts in Duck Creek Road, Stillwater going to Haigh Access Road, Redvale. For warlk details see Walks and Cycleways. DAIRY FLAT Dairy Flat is a vast rural area that until the 1990's was mostly dairy farms. Due to the extension of the Northern Motorway and the spread of the Auckland area it has since been subdivided and now there are many lifestyle blocks. Shopping and Attractions - There is a small town centre close to Albany and the Westfield shopping mall. It is also close to Silverdale. Apart from the rural lifestyle the main attraction of Dairy Flat is the North Shore Aerodrome run by the North Shore Aero Club. There are private flights to Great Barrier Island from the Aerodrome as well as pilot training and hangars for private planes. Schools - Dairy Flat Primary is situated in the town centre for students years 1 - 6. Secondary school students commute to either schools on the Hibiscus Coast or schools on the North Shore such as Orewa College, Whangaparaoa College, Wentworth College, Westlake Boys High School, Westlake Girls High School, Long Bay College, Kristen, Pinehurst or Rangitoto College. STILLWATER When Kauri logging was established in Silverdale in the early 19th century, Stillwater was used as a secondary location for transporting the logs. The Weatherspoon and Thorburn families were the first settlers in Stillwater.STILLWATER
  7. 7. Several houses were built on the river's edge in the early days as more land was cleared and made available for farming. Some livestock was introduced, but fruit from orchards was the major produce transported to Auckland from Stillwater. Other early settlers included the Dacres, Percy, Blackshaw and McPike brothers families. In 1950 the McPike brothers subdivided their farm to form what has In the early 1800's Pioneers discovered the area which the Maori named Wainui (view of Big Water). The area had many Kauri trees which were cut down over many years and transported by way of the Wade/Weiti River. Many working farms, orchards, timber mills and even botanical reserves were established in the early days. As the population boomed the Great North Road was built to gain access to the coast and the area was renamed as Silverdale. Shopping in The Village - There is an abundance of boutique shops in the main village of Silverdale with a medical centre, outlet stores, brand name outlets, vehicle and boat sales, cafes and food outlets, arts and crafts, gifts and the wonderful and long established Saturday Markets held from 7.30 am to 12.30 pm. The Business Park - The Silverdale business park has been one of the fastest growing industrial areas in New Zealand with services such as engineering supplies, building supplies, outdoor equipment, trade services, manufacturing and the wonderful historic Wade Tavern. Silverdale Commercial Centre - Produce, become the Stillwater settlement known today. After the Second World War the motor camp was developed and a road from East Coast Bays Road constructed. Stillwater is now a popular residential area with the Coastal Heights development, followed by the adjoining Inlet Views property and coastal development over the river opposite the Stillwater Boat Club. THE WADE HOTEL, SILVERDALE SILVERDALE VILLAGE HALL
  8. 8. SILVERDALE CENTRE The new shopping centre in Silverdale is an open air family focused shopping centre with over 35 specially-selected shops, cafes and food outlets. The two major stores, The Warehouse and Countdown, are accompanied by a large variety of speciality shops, a public seating area, a parents' room and over 980 upper and lower level car parks - 239 of which will be undercover. The shops are arranged in convenient 'precincts', including fashion and food, homeware and appliances, and services such as banks and a pharmacy to make it easier for you to quickly find what you need. Millwater - Driving north from the shore State Highway One Silverdale turn off is a convenient gateway to a thriving new development. Until recently rolling hills and lush pasture was the link between Silverdale and Orewa, however, change is underway with five new communities under development with residential properties banked by top class services including State of the art technology including Northern Arena swimming centre, kindergartens and schools. On the doorstep of the well established Orewa and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula pets, garden centre, butcher, bakery, seafood and equipment hire centres makes up this small but busy area just by the city bound on ramp of State Highway One. Action Entertainments - Silverdale is also home to some great local activities including SnowPlanet, the only indoor snow slope in New Zealand. Silverdale Domain - Is home to tennis, bowls, squash, gymnasium, playground, rugby and athletics History - The Pioneer Village and Museum, Silverdale Pioneer Society, Silverdale and Districts Historical Society are all active in the area Silverdale is easy to find with Auckland 30km, Albany 14km. Buses - depart from Wellesley Street all stop at Silverdale Nos 893, 894, 895, 896 and 898. SILVERDALE PIONEER VILLAGE
  9. 9. this newly developed area is steeped in history. The early settlers were attracted by the kauri and later the lush farmland with the area known as Wainui, Maori for View of Big Water with the Wainui stream flowing through the area into the Kaukapakapa River. With the development of Auckland Super City much of the old Rodney District was incorporated bringing into the city folds a fast growing regional economy with wide ranging development. There are a number of property companies with showhomes and an abundance of opportunities for anyone looking at Millwater both as a business centre and for high quality residential. SILVERDALE CENTRE Heading along the Whangaparaoa Peninsula you come to Red Beach is a small surf beach. It is name Red Beach after the red shells that are mainly found on the beach. The Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club is situated at the northern end of the beach which was established in 1953 after a drowning at Orewa Beach. In Red Beach you will also find the Peninsula Golf Club which was established in 1956. Red Beach Primary school is a decile 9 school and opened in 1989, catering for years 1 - 6. Red Beach Park - Red Beach Park is located on William Bayes Place. There are goals for rugby and soccer and a flying fox at the far end. There is a walkway circling the park. This is a good park for sports and recreational activities. STANMORE BAY Stanmore Bay is a suburb on the northern side of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. The area has two schools, Stanmore Bay Primary, years 1 to 6 and Whangaparaoa College, years 7 - 13. Stanmore Bay beach is a long stretch of white sand, excellent for launching boats, swimming and water ski-ing. Home to the Hibiscus Coast Boat Club, Hibiscus Coast Association Football Club, Rugby League Club and The Leisure Centre on Brightside Road, it is a hive of activity particularly at RED BEACH
  10. 10. weekends! The Leisure Centre has a gym with a range of classes and a swimming pool. It is also home to a number of sports groups. Facilities including the swimming pool, squash courts and fitness classes are open to the public including free swimming for under 16 years. WHANGAPARAOA TOWN CENTRE The town centre houses the mall called The Plaza. This compact Mall holds some big brand New Zealand shops and also incorporates The Warehouse and Countdown Supermarket. Surrounding activities include Hoyts cinema and ten pin bowling. There is also a food court and the local Whangaparaoa library. STANMORE BAY BEACH
  11. 11. There are large sport areas around Manly with Edith Hopper Park netball fields, football fields and tennis courts. The netball field is the main service for tournaments on the Hibiscus Coast but the football field is just for practice as the main fields are in Stanmore Bay. It is also home to the Hibiscus Coast Bridge Club. There is also a lawn bowls club next to the park. Manly Reserve - Manly reserve is directly opposite Manly beach. It is home to the Manly sailing club which has regular sail regattas, Manly bowling club and Manly vets tennis club. There is also a playground and large open spaces for games, picnics or gatherings. LITTLE MANLY Little Manly Beach is a small beach facing Rangitoto. It is used for swimming, kayaking and fishing and is a very safe beach. At the top of the hill from Little Manly beach is Manly Village with dairies, cafes, restaurant, chemists, hairdressers and a post shop. Little Manly is 5 minutes away from the main town centre and The Plaza shopping mall. MANLY The Manly area used to be a very popular site for holidaymakers with many of the beach front houses being baches. As Auckland has expanded however, like much of the Coast, the area has become a popular residential area. Manly beach is excellent for swimming, boating, windsurfing and kayaking with a water ski lane along the beach. It is also home to the Manly Sailing Club. Whangaparaoa Primary is the local primary school for years 1 - 6 on Ladies Mile at the North Western end of the beach. LITTLE MANLY MANLY VILLAGE MANLY BEACH
  12. 12. TINDALLS BAY Tindalls Beach is in Waiau Bay. Big Manly is to the left and Coal Miners Bay to the right which is boat access only. Tindalls is a small private beach used mainly by the locals as there is little public parking and there isn't a main access way. Local residents have easy access, as it is a short walk from most houses. The closest shops are in Manly Village (2 minutes by car). Many boats are launched from the site as it is a sheltered bay. Hardley Reserve is opposite the boat ramp with a playground and a large grassed area. There are also some good fishing areas on the rocks on the west side of Tindalls Beach. MATAKATIA BAY Matakatia Bay is a popular boating bay although shallow at low tide It is very well sheltered as it faces the south west and Verdelais is a French Mediterranean luxury beach front villa, surrounded in gardens with a back drop of the sea. The views are spectacular, especially at sunset. Bed and breakfast accommodation with a personal touch. If it's a family reunion, a hearty golf session, a break in your journey, or even a rest - Verdelais at Tindalls Bay is the place for you. 36 Tindalls Bay Road, Whangaparaoa ­ P: 424 7031 ­ F: 424 7031 FRENCHMAN’S CAP, MATAKATIA BAY
  13. 13. the prevailing wind direction is north east. It is also a short boat ride from the Gulf Harbour marina. Many people enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding and sea biscuiting as well as swimming. It is a quiet area with houses over the road from the beach and a boat ramp. It makes up the Fisherman's Rock Walk - A 60 - 90 minute walk along the cliff top walkway. For further details see Walks and Cycleways. Gulf Harbour - History - In 1997 Gulf Harbour was bustling with developers. Schools, housing, entertainment and the marina were underway. In 1997 the Gulf Harbour Country Club was also built with a golf course, putting green, cafe, pool and work out centre. The Gulf Harbour Country Club has held many events including the 1998 Golf World Cup and the 2005-2006 New Zealand Open. The Gulf Harbour Yacht Club also has a rich history. Formed in 1996 it has a large membership base. part of the narrow isthmus with Tindalls Beach which leads to Gulf Harbour and is just around the corner from Little Manly. Matakatia Bay is also recognised by the rock formation directly off shore known as Frenchman‟s Cap or Kohinui in Maori. This can be reached on foot at low tide. The second, more local, Whangaparaoa Golf Club is also up off Whangaparaoa Road in Army Bay. It was opened in 1959 and currently has approx 600 members. Schools - Gulf Harbour has three schools. Gulf Harbour Primary, Wentworth College and Wentworth Primary Marina - The Gulf Harbour Marina is a great boat marine centre. The harbour is a well designed harbour because it is virtually impossible for any rainwater or land water to make its way into this marina. The Marina is ideally situated for any boat toGULF HARBOUR VILLAGE SHAKESPEAR REGIONAL PARK
  14. 14. explore this side of New Zealand. Here there is a bustle of marine services for all boaties. Army Bay - Army Bay is a small beach / suburb near Shakespear Regional Park. The Whangaparaoa Golf Course is nearby and the Gulf Harbour ferry which can take you to nearby Tiritiri Matangi or into the city centre. Shakespear Regional Park - Shakespear Regional Park is located at the end of the Peninsula. It consists of 376ha of pastures and farmland, beautiful beaches, pasture, forest walks and a campground. The park is home to many species of bird such as the Pukekos, Tuis, Fantails, Parakeets and Peacocks. There are also many sheep and cows through out the park. It is great spot for picnics with barbeques provided at the beaches. The campground is small but there is a lot of space for games. VIEWS FROM SHAKESPEAR PARK
  15. 15. Tiritiri Matangi - Tiritiri Matangi is an open sanctuary. It is home to many native and endangered plants and animals. The island is home to Saddlebacks, Kiwis, Takahe, Bellbird and many other native birds. There are walks all over the island through the With an abundance of outlying islands as well as Tiritiri Matangi. Kawau Island and the surrounding regions are worth visiting. Kawau Island with no roads or cars relies heavily on the sea. Copper was mined from 1842-55 and the old mine ruins are still visible. Governor George Grey bought the Island and extended the Copper mine Manager‟s house into the Mansion House and turned the grounds into a botanical and zoological park. Today this area is a beautiful historic reserve. bush which is a great opportunity to see this amazing wildlife. The Tiritiri lighthouse stands proud on the top of the island and you are able to stay over in the bunk house for the dawn chorus (bookings essential). There is a small cafe and shop for refreshments. Ferries go from Gulf Harbour and the city or you can go over in your own boat. You have now reached the outer borders of the Hibiscus Coast region, however, there are many areas in very close proximity within Rodney worthy of a visit, including the historic township of Puhoi where you can fee you step back in time, the busy township of Warkworth. Matakana with its award winning wineries and Scandrett, Mahurangi and Tawharanui Regional Parks.TIRITIRI MATANGI OREWA VISITOR CENTRE For Visitor information on the Hibiscus Coast visit our local Orewa Visitor Centre, 214A Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa The Centre is one of the first points of contact for visitors to the area and holds information and brochures covering all New Zealand. The Centre provides comprehensive and accurate information and can assist with itinerary planning, make recommendations and arrange bookings. KAWAU MANSION HOUSE
  16. 16. Heading north and west from the Hibiscus Coast is more of beautiful New Zealand just waiting to be explored. Full of lush, fertile land an abundance of wineries and attractions leading all the way to the wild and beautiful black sand surf beaches in the west of Piha, Murawai, with its gannet colony and KeriKeri and the historic settlement of Helensville and on the road to Whangarei and the stunning Bay of Islands in the north. For more information on the other areas of Rodney see below or contact the local visitor centres direct. PUHOI The tiny settlement of Puhoi borders the Hibiscus Coast boundaries and the Puhoi river meanders its course ending at Waiwera. The town was first settled by Bohemians over 100 years ago. The Hotel, library and picturesque church, as well as a cheese factory and tea rooms, make it well worth a visit. A wonderful day out is meandering along the river in a kayak enjoying a drink at the pub, a Devonshire tea or picnic at Wenderholm Regional park. WARKWORTH AND THE KOWHAI COAST The Kowhai Coast gets its name from the Kowhai Tree which grows abundantly on the eastern coast of Northland and in other areas of New Zealand, often be seen covered in yellow flowers. The Kowhai Coast offers beautiful beaches & bays, natural environs, walkways, interesting and numerous cafes, restaurants, boutique shopping, arts, crafts and galleries and includes the winery district of Matakana. The township of Warkworth is an attractive place with the Mahurangi running through 449 Weranui Road, Waiwera Ph: 09 426 7003, Mob: 025 661 9870  Guided horse treks  Beginner to experienced riders  Well-mannered horses  Lead rein for under 5 years PUHOI TOWN LIBRARY WARKWORTH
  17. 17. it‟s heart. Once it‟s lifeline linking the village with Auckland via steamboats and scows it is now tranquil and picturesque. Warkworth is the home of the Jane Gifford, New Zealand‟s last remaining rigged sailing scow. Lovingly restored the scow can be viewed at the wharf and regular trips can be taken up river. MATAKANA Matakana Coast Wine Country is a place where the “good things in life” are found in abundance. The Matakana region abounds with a startling array of fresh produce, often available from roadside stalls. From limes, avocados, herbs and persimmons to chestnuts, olives, venison and oysters, the area‟s Chefs are spoilt for choice. You can choose anything from a romantic candlelit dinner for two, to a country-pub meal with friends in front of a crackling fire. The Matakana Coast is home to a flourishing wine industry, with innovative, quality-focussed wineries, small and mostly family-owned. Each provides the visitor with an intimate opportunity to share the passion and products of the winemaker. Matakana also encompasses white sandy beaches, a popular regional park and is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognised artists, creating a diverse range of fine art & crafts, many available from the artist‟s home studio, gallery or workshop. LEIGH / GOAT ISLAND AND PAKIRI Heading around the coast going north you come to the small village of Leigh with it‟s attractive harbour Leigh is best known for the marine reserve at Goat Island. Goat Island got its name from the goats left by seafarers during Captain Cook‟s era where domestic animals were left in case of emergencies. The smaller islands not suitable for cattle held goats which are known for their ability to survive with little water. Goat Island was the first marine reserve in New Zealand and has been protected for
  18. 18. more than 35 years and is world renowned for its abundant marine life. WELLSFORD With a population of approximately 1,700 Wellsford is a busy town with Rodney College right in the heart. Serviced by a good selection of shops Wellsford is often a good stopover for travelers with its abundance of cafes and restaurants. HELENSVILLE AND KAIPARA Within easy commuting distance of Auckland - as well as satellite developments such as Albany - it boasts a wealth of recreational amenities including harbour cruising, natural thermal pools at Parakai, fishing, golf, horse riding, restaurants, nearby vineyards, beaches, plus a range of adventure tourism activities. The Kaipara Harbour is one of the largest in the world. It is a broad shallow harbour covering an area of 530 sq km with more than 3200 km of shoreline, extending some 60 km from north to south. Being largely unpopulated the scenery is wild and spectacular along the South Head Peninsula. KUMEU / HUAPAI / RIVERHEAD Famous over the years for its wineries, gannets and superb West Coast scenery the Kumeu Coast and Country region covers the north western suburbs of Auckland. A popular café scene draws visitors out to the area to compliment a well- established fine wining and dining reputation. Known as both “The Fruit Bowl of Auckland” as well as “The Gannet and Grape Region of Auckland” the Kumeu area is renowned for it‟s horticulture and arts and crafts. The area has developed a popular wedding market. Close proximity to Auckland City offers easy access to nature where visitors can revel in revitalization, physical and spiritual with outdoor activities for all. The Kumeu – Huapai Wine Trail encompasses well established award winning wineries whilst close by is the 50 km stretch of magnificent surf, black sands and gannet colony of Murawai Beach. Riverhead is a small rural town, briefly a railway terminus between 1875 and 1881 with a popular pub on the river banks which is definitely worth a visit. KUMEU WINERIES LEIGH
  19. 19. HORSE TREKKING FUN FOR ALL AGES Supervised recreational trekking is loads of fun for all ages and abilities, and Horse Riding Warkworth guarantee you will get a ride to remember. Just 30 minutes north of Orewa and five minutes north of Warkworth, Roger and Heather MacKenzie's picturesque working farm offers plenty of terrain over the two main tracks - all limestone so safe all- weather riding. After 18 years in business they've got trekking down to a fine art. Beginners will learn to rise to a trot by the end of a session, feeling they are in control. More advanced riders have lots of opportunity to have a canter near the beginning of the ride, weaving through native bush, forest and beautiful farm land dotted with sheep and goats. There are plenty of photo opportunities at the end so you can remember the awesome experience. "Each individual rider is important to us and our guides continually help out with their riding skills, assisting those who want to ride faster or coaching those who prefer to stay behind," says Heather. As for safety, that is paramount at Horse Riding Warkworth. The team always give out comprehensive safety riding instruction before beginning the ride. Before the ride goes out a full safety check is done on the horses' tack and riders are provided with boots, helmets and if necessary, wet weather gear. All riding is supervised. Horse trekking is a great family outing for all ages. Parents can feel comfortable going ahead whilst littlies are supervised. Smaller children (3 - 5 years) ride on ponies with handlebars fitted to their saddle and are on a lead rein. For arena riders it gives you the chance to practice all the skills you are learning in the open country. Trekking together is also the ultimate day out with friends and a great birthday party treat, whether their riding ability is below or above you own. Bookings of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. One hour treks cost $40 per rider, for two hours the cost is $75. Phone Horse Riding Warkworth, Heather or Roger on 09 425 8517 E:
  20. 20. There is a wide range of things to do and places to visit. To name a few:- HIBISCUS COAST Ti Trees Horse Treks – Guided treks for beginners to experienced riders through native bush. Quiet, well-mannered horses with lead rein for younger riders. Admire the incredible views. 449 Weranui Rd, Waiwera. Ph 09 426 7003 - Historic Couldrey House - Victorian/ Edwardian historic home in the grounds of Wenderholm Regional Park Pioneer Village - Historic Village in Silverdale (open every day except Tues) Northern Arena - Swimming, fitness, family fun with a full range of services. 8 Polarity Rise, Silverdale, Local Markets - Including Hobbs Wharf, Orewa Craft Market, Silverdale and Puhoi - see our Local Markets section for more details. Hoyts Cinemas, We've Made Movies Cheaper on the coast! 2D Tickets - $9.90, 3D Tickets - $13.50. Free parking, disable access and our great dining/bar make a great event out! 6 Link Crescent, Stanmore Bay, Ph: 09 488 6000, The Leisure Centre, swimming, gym, squash and entertainment for all the family, 159 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay,, Ph: 424 9227 Other activities include Tenpin bowling, Snowplanet, fishing charters, a miniature steam railway, go-karts, bumper boats and thermal pools and spa at Waiwera. THE HAURAKI GULF Tiritiri Matangi Bird Sanctuary – Ferry trips available from Gulf Harbour or Auckland City to this wonderful sanctury. Board walks through the native bush allow you to get close to some of New Zealand‟s most beautiful and rare birds. The shop and lighthouse offer light refreshments and you can picnic on the beach. For more KAWAU ISLAND GOAT ISLAND
  21. 21. details see Kawau Island – Ferries run regularly from Sandspit Wharf. A great day out exploring the island, visiting Mansion House and the wonderful gardens and diverse animal life. See Hauraki Gulf Cruises - A number of trips can be taken to the Gulf Islands from Gulf Harbour, with a greater selection from Auckland City. For details see Fullers Cruises PUHOI Bohemian Museum, Puhoi – Open daily 1.00 to 4.00 pm – visit Other activities include kayaking and the Puhio cheese factory and cafe WARKWORTH Horse Riding Warkworth – Just 30 mins north of Orewa. Family fun, horse and pony rides through scenic farmland. 1 hour rides for $40 or 2 hour rides for $75. Quiet ponies and horses. Suitable for all ages, beginners to experienced – Call Roger or Heather on 09 425 8517– Warkworth Museum and Parry Kauri Park – Lots of fascinating pieces, old buildings and a lovely park great for picnics – Other activities include The Honey Centre and Sheepworld. MATAKANA Matakana Farmers Market - A popular market in the heart of Matakana every Saturday morning - Matakana Other activities include Matakana Country Park, Morris and James Pottery, Matakana cinemas and lovely wineries to enjoy! LEIGH Goat Island Marine Reserve – Definitely worth a visit. Get up close and swim amongst the fish. With a sandy beach this is a great day out. See for further details. Other activities include a reptile park at Ti Point, Goat Island diving and a glass bottom boat. PAKIRI About 9 km from Leigh is Pakiri with it‟s beautiful 14 km long white sandy beach. As well as a holiday park, the main attraction of Pakiri would be the horse riding along the beach with Pakiri Horse Rides. HELENSVILLE AND THE WEST Activities in Helensville and the West include 4 Track Adventures, a macadamia nut farm, horse riding, surfing, skydiving and hot spring thermal pools at Parakai. PAKIRI BEACH MATAKANA FARMERS MARKET
  22. 22. Matakana  Ascension Wine Estate, 480 Matakana Road, Matakana  Brick Bay Wines, Arabella Lane, Snells Beach  Greve Vineyard, 191 Takatu Road, Matakana  Hawks Nest, 646 Matakana Road, Matakana  Herons Flight, 49 Sharp Road, Matakana  Hinchco Family Vineyard, P O Box 609, Warkworth  Hyperion Wines, 188 Tongue Farm Road, Matakana  Mahurangi River Winery, 162 Hamilton Road, Warkworth  Omaha Bay Vineyard, 189 Takatu Road, Matakana  Ransom Wines, Valerie Close, Mahurangi  Runner Duck Estate, 37 Duck Creek Road, Warkworth  Saltings Estate Vineyard, 1210 Sandspit Road, Matakana  The Vintry Wine Centre, Matakana Village, Matakana Kumeu  Coopers Creek, 601 State Highway 16, Huapai  Kerr Farm Wine, 48 Dysart Lane, Kumeu  Kumeu River Wines, 550 State Highway 16, Kumeu  Matua Valley, Waikoukou Valley Road, Waimauku  Selak Wines, 45 Station Road, Huapai  Soljan Wines, 366 State Highway 16, Kumeu  Westbrook Winery, 215 Ararimu Valley There are a number of golf courses across the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney District including -  Gulf Harbour Country Club, 180 Gulf Harbour Drive, Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa  Peninsula Golf Club - 65 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa  Whangaparaoa Golf Club, 1337 Whangaparaoa Road, Army Bay, Whangaparaoa  Warkworth Golf Club, Golf Road, Warkworth  Omaha Beach Golf Club, North West Anchorage, Omaha Beach  Wellsford Golf Club, State Highway, Wellsford
  23. 23. There are a number of boat ramps around the Hibiscus Coast including - (listed reverse alphabetically)  Waiwera Beach - Vehicle access for cars and tractors. Concrete one-lane ramp that provides beach access only. Parking is limited  Waiwera Bridge - Vehicle access suitable for cars only. Concrete ramp  Tindalls Bay - Concrete one-lane ramp. Limited parking  Swann Cove - off Swann Beach Road, concrete one-lane ramp. Limited parking  Stanmore Bay Reserve - off Brightside Road, concrete, twolane ramp, good parking, no facilities  Stanmore Bay West - off Cooper Road, off Vipond Road, metal access to beach launch, tidal, limited parking, no facilities  Red Beach (Bay Street) - Concrete one-lane ramp. Limited parking  Red Beach (Chelverton Terrace) - Concrete one-lane ramp  Red Beach (Ngapara Street) - Concrete one-lane ramp. Limited parking  Orewa Caravan Park access - Through the caravan park. Can be difficult in high sea- son due to numbers of visitors and vehicles. No parking allowed inside the park - so you have to launch and remove the vehicle and trailer. Bad wash in the tides, shallow access only at low tide.  Orewa Beach - Provides beach access for cars, concrete one-lane ramp. Limited parking  Orewa Estuary - Provides access for cars. Concrete one-lane ramp. Limited parking  Matakatia Beach - off Matakatia Parade, concrete one-lane ramp to beach, tidal,, lim- ited parking, no facilities  Gulf Harbour Marina - concrete ramp, two lane, floating pontoon jetty, all tide, break- water, good parking, telephone, toilets, lighting, fresh water and black waste disposal.  Little Manly Beach - off, concrete, one-lane ramp, limited parking, no facilities  Big Manly - off Beach Road, concrete and metal one-lane ramp access to beach, lim- ited parking, no facilities  Big Manly - off the Esplanade, Sailing Club, concrete, one-lane ramp, limited parking  Big Manly East - off Tindalls Bay Road, concrete and metal one-lane ramp, limited parking  Hatfields Beach - off Hibiscus Coast Highway, concrete, two lane ramp to beach, lim- ited parking, all tide, toilets, rubbish bins  Fishermans Rock Reserve - off Whangaparaoa Road, concrete, one-lane ramp, lim- ited parking, no facilities  Fishermans Rock Pacific Parade Landing - off Pacific Parade, concrete one-lane ramp, limited parking, no facilities  Army Bay - off Whangaparaoa Road, two lane concrete, 4 hours each side of high tide, good parking, no facilities  Arkles Bay - off Arkles Strand, concrete, one-lane ramp, limited parking
  24. 24. Walking is a great activity to get out and do and there are plenty of walks to discover across the Hibiscus Coast including - Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve. Old North Rd, Orewa. Good Standard, easy walking, views, bushwalk, historic sire, information. 30 - 45 mins. Fine remnant stand of native kauri and broadleaf forest at northern end of Orewa. Lower track beside Nukumea Stream to Ken- sington Park suitable for wheelchairs. Good examples of kauri and puriri. Pa site at Hillcrest Rd entrance. Orewa Esplanade Reserve. SH1/Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. Good standard, easy walking, disable access, toilets, parking. 45 - 60 mins. Paved walking track along northern half of beachfront reserve. Runs from Arundel Reserve, at northern end, to town Centre. Orewa Millennium Walkway. Orewa Town- ship. Good standard, easy walking, disable ac- cess, bushwalk, toilets, parking, information, views. 2 hrs. „Oval‟ walkway. Start from south bridge, follow estuary to Centreway Reserve, turn left down Riverside Rd and cross to link with Eaves Bush returning to south bridge via Orewa beachfront. Follow the blue footprints. The Orewa Millenium Walkway takes approx- imately 2 hours. It is an excellent walkway not only for walkers but also running, cycling, wheelchairs or prams. The Walkway takes you around in an oval shape through the town and along the beach. Maygrove. Riverside/Lakeside Drive, Maygrove, Orewa. Good standard, easy walking, views, parking. A variety of walkways through residential areas, esplanade reserve and around the artificial lake in Lakeside Reserve. Wet in winter. Range of short and long walks. Pohutukawa Reserve/Orewa Estuary. Pohutukawa Ave and Moffat Rd, Orewa. Lower standard, must have good fit- ness, views. 30 - 45mins. Grass reserve walkway on south side of estuary running from Orewa south bridge to Jelas Rd/Kingsway School into Totara Views subdivision. Te Ara Tahuna - Orewa Estuary Pathway – Walkway and Cycleway. Good standard, easy walking, parking, views, historic site, toilets, disable access. New 8km combined walkway/cycle way around the whole Orewa Estuary. Car park at Western Reserve. Connects to existing streets of Maygrove and Hilltop Residential areas. The 7.5km path- way wends its way around the beautiful Orewa estuary. Dis- tance markers are placed at 1km intervals from Western Reserve. Te Ara Tahuna opened in December 2011 and connects some of Orewa‟s newest areas with Hibiscus OREWA MILLENNIUM WALKWAY TE ARA TAHUNA WALKWAY
  25. 25. Coast beaches, community facilities and the Orewa township. This cycleway and walkway is a shared space; cyclists and pedestrians are both entitled to use it. Please be considerate of others. Amorino Reserve. Sh1/Hibiscus Coast Highway, Red Beach. Good Standard, easy walking, views, disable access. 15 - 30mins. Reserve walkway be- side Orewa estuary mouth, linking with surrounding residential streets. Start of Whangaparaoa Penin- sula‟s „Coastal Walkways‟. Follow signs on lamp posts. Red Beach Reserves. Vista Motu and Marellen Dr, Red Beach. Good standard, easy walking, views. 30 - 45 mins. An informal walk between various reserves in the Centre of Red Beach . From Red Beach Lookout Reserve take walkways into Higham Ferrers Re- serve, cross Bay Vista Dr into Gilshennan Reserve, follow path to right and follow walk- ways to Rushden Tce and Red Beach Park, cross Marellen Dr to beach. Red Beach section of Coastal Walkway. Ngapara St - Duncansby Rd, Red Beach. Medi- um standard, toilets, parking, information. 30mins. Walk along beach from Ngapara St to Duncansby Rd. May be restricted at high tide. Stanmore Bay Reserve to Manly Beach. Stanmore Bay Rd - Moreton Dr, Manly. Medium standard, toilets, parking, historic site, information. 15 - 30 mins. Walks from end of Stanmore Bay Rd and take track up through historic cemetery. Left into Ardern Ave and cross to next access way. Turn right into Swann Beach Rd to the top corner and next ac- cess way with step through to Hurdlow Pl and Moreton Dr / beach. Manly Beach to Tindalls Beach. Brown St - Tindalls Bay Rd, Tindalls Beach. Medium standard, toilets parking. 15 - 30 mins. From end of Brown St, walk along beach (restricted at high tide) to boat ramp. Cross footbridge by sheds to access way to the Crescent. Follow road round Crown Reserve to Tindalls Beach. Tindalls Beach to Matakatia Beach. Good Standard, easy walking, views, toilets, parking. 15 - 30 mins. From Centre of beach, take series of access way through to Whangaparaoa Rd. Cross road and turn right to top hill, then left into reserve access way down Matakatia Beach. Gulf Harbour. Shakespear Rd - Gulf Harbour Dr, Gulf Harbour. Good standard, easy walk- ing, views, toilet, parking. Walkways progressing as Gulf Harbour estate develops. The net- work utilizes reserve, road and runs through the golf course. Range of short and long walks. Toi- lets at boat ramp. Fisherman's Rock Walk. A 60 - 90 minute walk along the cliff top walkway. Stairways and ramps provide access to the beach between Fisherman's Rock and Pacific Parade but it is restricted at low tide. This is great for walking on a warm, sunny day. Shakespear Regional Park. Army Bay, Whan- gaparaoa Peninsula. Good standard, views, toi- lets, bushwalk, information. Various marked tracks ranging from 1 - 2 hrs around farm park TE ARA TAHUNA WALKWAY KAWAU ISLAND
  26. 26. at end of peninsula. Open sanctuary under devel- opment behind predator - proof fence. Bookable picnic sites camping. Sweeping views of Hauraki Gulf and Islands. Tiritiri Matangi Island. Take ferry from Gulf Har- bour Marina. Medium standard, views, toilets, bushwalk, information. Open sanctuary for some of New Zealand‟s rare and endangered plant and bird species. Home to saddlebacks, kiwi, takahe, bellbird and other native bird no longer seen on mainland. A variety of walking tracks across is- land. Tiri Rd - East Ave Cliff top. Start at 33 Tiri Rd, Little Manly. Good Standard, easy walk- ing, views, disable access. 5 - 15mins. Short cliff top reserve walk between Tiri Rd and East Ave cul de sac. Good views of Hauraki Gulf. Little Manly Beach. South Ave - Little Manly Beach , Little Manly. Good standard, easy walking, views, toilets, parking. 5 - 15 mins. Shore reserve and cliff top walk from South Ave to beach. Arkles Bay Cliff top. Ladies Mile - Arkles Bay. Medium standard, views, bushwalk. 2 - 15 mins. Short cliff top walk from Ladies Mile/Whangaparaoa Rd intersection to Arkles Bay beach through coastal bush. Steep flight of steps at Arkles Bay end. Whangaparaoa Town Centre to Stanmore Bay beach. Town Centre - Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay. Good standard, easy walking, disable access, toilets. 15 - 30mins. From town Centre via Palmgreen Court and reserve, walkway to Rata Rd. Walkway half way along Rimu Rd on right leads into Stanmore Bay Park past leisure Centre. Cross Brightside Rd to beach side of reserve. Stanmore Bay Reverse to Town Centre. 15 - 30mins. Good standard, easy walking. From the back of the leisure Centre, via wetland walk to Rata Rd, Plamgreen Court or Red Hibiscus Rd and onto Whangaparaoa Rd. Ferry Road Reserve. Ferry Rd, Arkles Bay. Medium standard, bushwalk. 5 -15mins. Short reserve walk through coastal bush to foreshore of Weiti River near mouth of river. Timber steps at top. Slippery rocks on foreshore. Fairhaven Walk. Fairhaven Walk is a dead end track at the end of Wade River Road. The walk takes about 30 - 45 minutes. It goes through native bush with many Puriri trees and runs along Weiti River. There are great views over the river to the moored boats and Stillwater on the other side. Okura Walk. Okura Walk starts in Duck Creek Road, Stillwater going to Haigh Access Road, Redvale. There are different tracks, the shortest is 2 hours and the longest 3 1/2 hrs. Through native bush you can find Da- cre cottage or take the coastal walk connecting Weiti River and Okura Riv- er. There are some parts through mud- dy fields so boots may be needed. TIRITIRI MATANGI OKURA BUSH WALK
  27. 27. For further details on markets and local Hibiscus Coast events see our online Hibiscus Coast Events Calendar Coatesville Market, Coatesville Settlers Hall, Coatesville, first Sunday of the month 10.00 am to 2.00 pm - The market is based around the Coatesville Hall and surrounding Village Green. In winter it uses the hall and the Playcentre carpark. There is plenty of parking - in summer the entrance is off Glenmore Road just past the Pony Club entrance. The Coatesville Scouts manage the parking. In winter the parking is on Mahoenui Valley Road. Hobbs Wharf Market, Gulf Harbour, every Sunday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm - Named after the family that originally farmed the area and who gave their name to the adjacent bay, the Hobbs' Wharf Market is set alongside the beautiful Gulf Harbour Marina. This Market will be a fabulous day out for the whole family! Lots of fantastic high-quality stalls, fresh produce, artisan breads, cakes, jewellery, food, pickles, cheeses, bacon, nuts, olive oils,finger food, mussel fritters, paua fritters, bacon butties, massage, pet ac- cessories, Turkish breads and dips, real American Brownies, nz gifts, quality arts and crafts, garden furniture, pies, ice cream – something for everyone! Licenced cafe great coffee from the Market Cafe, delicious food, arts and crafts, your favourite musicians, bouncy castle and a picnic area shaded by a lovely pohutukawa tree to relax and enjoy. Matakana Farmers Market, Matakana Village, every Saturday 8.00 am to 1.00 pm - A vibrant farmer‟s market which is the focal point for locals and growers to meet in the heart of Matakana every Saturday morning. Fresh and homemade produce from the area fills the stalls – fruit and vegetables, home baking and organic products, fine wines and boutique olive oils, mustards, chutneys, breads and spices. Along with freshly brewed morning coffee and live music. Matakana Country Park Market, 1 Omaha Road, Matakana, every Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm - Quality NZ hand-made or home grown arts, crafts, produce and goods. Also an array of services like ear candling, healers etc. Many stalls inside so don't let the weather put you off! Plenty of parking! Relaxed, open atmosphere! Fantas- tic activities including Adventure Playground, Animal Experience, Ride-on miniature train, places for parent to relax and enjoy and in Summer we have Pony Rides availa- ble. Orewa Craft Market and Bazaar, Orewa Community Centre, every second Satur- day 9.00 am to 1.00 pm - In the heart of Orewa town. A gathering of local talented crafts people showcasing their creations. Hosted every other Saturday, the craft market represents more than 30 vendors with a great variety of hand-made products. Artists sold locally made jewelry, Gemstones, Tropical Sea Shells, embroidered cushions, Ba- by Accessories and knitting, Fabric craft, Dolls, Jams and Pickles, Kiwiana gifts, NZ place mats, Greeting Cards, Upcycled home décor, designer baby clothes and more. Markets also in Browns Bay and Milford. See the Facebook page for further details. Puhoi Farmers Market, Puhoi Village, monthly 9 am to 1 pm, last Sunday of every month - In the heart of Historic Puhoi Village the market offers fresh local produce in a relaxed and friendly setting. A safe play area for the kids plus live music. With a great variety of stalls including local seasonal produce, fresh roasted coffee, bread, eggs, lo-
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