Franklin Eco Adventures
Awhitu Peninsula, Auckland, New Zealand
**Auckland's Sunset Coast **
A range of accommodation, attractions and eco friendly activities
on the Awhitu Peninsula of the Manukau Harbour in New Zealand.
Awhitu Peninsula Map - Google Land Map and Points of Interest
Awhitu Regional Park - Campervan and tent sites on a working farmpark, along side a Manukau Harbour Beach. BBQs bring your own wood..
Three bedroom house also available. Small boat ramp. Brook Road, Waiuku (Awhitu Peninsula). Ph 09 3662000 for bookings.
Baches - Holiday Homes -
Awhitu Regional Park - 3 bed room house available for daily rental at farm park, ph 09 3662000 option 2
Big Bay Baches - Bookabach #1615, #20595,
Clarks Beach - Bookabach #19485,
Farmstay - Awhitu Peninsula
Greehock Farm and Beach Cottages - 3 bedroom bach plus farm cottage at private beach Bookabach # 8653
Grahams Beach Baches - Bookabach #897, #9223, #26592
Hudsons Bay Baches - Bookabach #19187,
Matakawau Beach - Bookabach #12428, #37291
Orua Bay - Orua Bay Bach or Facebook, Bookabach #19971
Te Papa - AirBnB.co.nz/rooms/11515699 Farm Cottage overlooking Waikato River
Te Toro Bach -Bookabach #26104
Top Nest, Te Toro Beach - 2 x bachs/sleepouts - 1 x Dbl and 1 x Twin plus bunks, on small beach on Te Toro Peninsula, Greenfield Road,
from $60 dbl/night. 400 metres from all tide boat ramp. Ph 021414643, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waitangi Falls -
Waiau Pa - Bookabach #10666
B & B - Bed and Breakfast Residences -
CabbageTree Cottage - Peace in the country, 1km to Waimatuku, west coast black sand beach. 60 West Coast Road, Waiuku.
www.Cabbage Tree Cottage
Estuary View - On the waters edge, 64 Edgewater Parade, 2 minutes from Waiuku Township.
One Field Farm - Self contained minitel, for Weekend Explorer or short staypackages.Healthy coastal environment.
Surrounded by farmland, overlooking Lake Pokerua and the Tasman Sea. 10 minutes from Waiuku cafes and Peninsula beaches
On the Awhitu Peninsula. Kohekohe, Waiuku, ph 092350533 www.onefieldfarm.co.nz
Campers and tenting -
Awhitu Regional Park - Ph 09 3010101 for bookings
Big Bay Motorcamp (see Motorcamps)
Clarks Beach Holiday Park (see Motorcamps)
Orua Bay Beach Motorcamp (See Motorcamps)
Sandspit Motorcamp, Waiuku (see Motorcamps)
Castaways Resort - Accommodation and Adventures, Wedding venue. overlooking New Zealands wild west coast.
Award winning restaurant and conference venue Accommodation Ph 092365041 ext226 www.Castaways.co.nz stay@Castaways.co.nz
Discovery River Cruises - Luxury houseboat on the Waikato Riverlands.
One or more days/overnight trips available for up to 12 persons. Day only trips for up to 40 passengers. Ph 093576105 / 021 1370066
Email: email@example.com www.DiscoveryRiverCruises.co.nz www.HouseBoatHolidays.co.nz
Freedom Camping - (self contained vehicles)
Te Toro Beach, Waiuku Estuary - Up to six selfcontained campervans/buses (no tents). Boat ramp for Manukau Harbour.
Max 2 day/nights. Te Toro Beach Road.
Hamiltons Gap (Waimatuku Reserve), West Coast - Up to two selfcontained campervans (no tents). Max 2day/nights. West Coast Road
Hoods Landing, Waikato River - Up to two selfcontained campervan/buses (no tents). Boat ramp. Max 2day/nights. Hoods Landing Road
Waiuku Town - Up to two campervans behind library building, Constable Rd. Dump Station 200m in King St Carpark.
More info at Waiuku Info Ctr.
Kentish Hotel - see the Kentish Hotel
Motels and Hotel Accommodation
Castaways Resort - (See separate listing, Castaways Resort)
Discovery Houseboat - (See separate listing, Discovery River Cruises)
the Kentish Hotel - (See separate listing, the Kentish Hotel)
The Bunkhouse - (see separate listing, The Bunkhouse)
Waiuku Motor Lodge - One and two bedroom units, 279 Kitchener Road, 3 minutes from Waiuku. Ph 092358874. wwwWaiukuLodgeMotel.co.nz
Waiuku Motel - Family units available. In main street of Waiuku, 100 Queen St. Ph 092359237. www.WaiukuMotel.co.nz
Big Bay Holiday Park - Ph 092351132, www.BigBayHolidayPark.co.nz
Clarks Beach Holiday Park and Motel - Ph 092321685, www.ClarksBeachMotels.co.nz
Orua Bay Beach Motorcamp and Accommodation - Ph 092351129, www.oruabay.co.nz
Sandspit Motorcamp, Waiuku - Campervan sites, Cabins, tent sites, on the beach, 15 Rangiwhea, Rd, Waiuku.
Ph 092359913, 021107118 Email: SandspitMotor@Xtra.co.nz
The Bunkhouse - Bunkhouse facilities (up to 20 beds) plus overflow camping for larger groups, for trampers and horse groups.
Approx $10 pp / per night, minimum $50 per night - 2 nights apply.
With paddock for horses if required ($5.00 per horse per night).
the Kentish Hotel - NZ's oldest continuously licenced hotel. Built 1852. Tavern, restaurant, accommodation.
- Weddings and wedding receptions at the Portside.
5 Queen St, Waiuku. Ph 092358367, 0800 Kentish Email: info@theKentishHotel.co.nz www.the KentishHotel.co.nz
ACTIVITIES and ATTRACTIONS
Awhitu Peninsula and Manukau Harbour Maps and Waikato River Maps
Adventure Activities - For the Beginners Guide to Kiwi Adventure - seakayaking and mountainbiking for all ages. www.StressfreeEcoAdventures.co.nz
Driving - Sightseeing Peninsula Road Loop, up to 100km (Lighthouse, photo stop / rest areas, Awhitu Park , winetasting at Awhitu Wines,
black sand surf beaches and safe inner harbour white sand swimming beaches. All roads are tarsealed.
Horse Riding Awhitu Farm Park / Karioitahi black sand surf beach / Waiuku Forest.
Kayaking Waimanu Trail, 43 km of trails along sheltered Manukau Harbour beaches, part of 305km Te Pae o Kaiwaka Trail.
Mountainbiking Awhitu Farm Park / Waiuku Forest
Walking Awhitu Regional Park to Matakawau Point reserve. Short easy grade bush and beach walk (casual footwear ok),
one hour / 2 km each way, no dogs in farm park.
Black sand surf beach (all tide), up to 9 km one way, Karioitahi Beach.
Tidal beach walk, Orua Bay to Grahams Beach (some rock scrambling), 5km one way.
Tidal beach walk, follow outgoing tide from Awhitu Park to Grahams Beach (can be muddy), 6km one way.
Matakawau Bush Walk, opp. church Matakawau Road. Native bush walk, 750metres, very steep takes 25 minutes.
Waiuku Estuary (grassed trail).Starts at Tamaki Reserve opp Waiuku Info Centre to Riverside Drive,one km each way
Sandspit Reserve to McCall Drive (dog friendly), one km each way.
Waiuku town history walk,starts opposite the Kentish Hotel, maps at Waiuku Information Centre
Awhitu Regional Park - Farm park with easy walking and mountainbike trails. Two sandy safe swimming beaches. Brook Road, Awhitu.
Awhitu Golf Course and Food for Thought Cafe- Bistro meals, Friday evening 5.30pm - 8.30pm. Cafe Sunday 10am - 3pm,
9 hole golf course ($10 for 9 holes, $20 for 18 holes), Brook Road, Awhitu next to Awhitu Regional Park. www.awhitugolf.co.nz Ph 092351299
Awhitu Wines- Boutique winery at Grahams Beach on the Manukau Harbour and Awhitu Peninsula. Open daily.
For onsite tasting and purchases. Ph 092351465. www.AwhituWines.co.nz
Bird Watching Kayak Trips - Waiuku Estuary, Manukau Harbour. www.StressfreeEcoAdventures.co.nz
Bird life on the Waiuku Estuary (Waimanu Kayak Trail)
Car Hire - Short or long term - From one day or more. 1 to 3 days - $50 per day including insurance, extra days $35 per day incl. insurance.
Waiuku Motor Court Martyn St (cnr Martyn and Leonard). 09 2357373 / 0212428990.
Castaways Resort - Accommodation and Adventures, Wedding Venue. Overlooking New Zealand's wild west coast.
Award winning restaurant and conference venue.
Agave Restaurant - Ph 09 2365161 firstname.lastname@example.org
Discovery River Cruises - Luxury houseboat on the Waikato Riverlands. Day excursions or overnight trips. www.DiscoveryRiverCruises.co.nz
Fishing Spots on the Peninsula - Harbour - Te Toro boat ramp. Matakawau Point. Off the beach at Gap Road Orua Bay.
- Coast - Hamiltons Gap, West Coast Road.
- Karioitahi Beach - Permit required for vehicle use on beach, from www.AucklandCouncil.govt.nz/beachaccess.
Harbour Walks - Awhitu Regional Park to Matakawau Point.
Horse Riding - Karioitahi Horse Riding - Instruction for school age kids, Lorraine. Ph 0211912188.
- Oranmore Farms Trekking - Guided treks over farm land. Minimum age 10 yrs. Ph 021335500
Information Centre - Waiuku Visitor Centre, opposite Kentish Queen St, Waiuku,, ph 092356201, (10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Sunday)
Karioitahi Beach Access - Access on foot or by horse is available 24hrs (including the designated area for horse floats/trucks).Access for any other vehicles is by council permit. Annual permits are free of charge and can be obtained from Auckland Council offices or the Auckland Council website. The beach is officially a road, unregistered motor vehicles are not permitted. www.AucklandCouncil.govt.nz/beachaccess
Kayak Hire - Stressfree Eco Adventures. Seakayaks and recreational Sit on Top and sit in side family kayaks.
All safety gear and camping/overnighting equipment. Freephone 0800 GoByKayaks, 0800 4629529.
KayakTrails - 315 km of trails. See below for free downloadable maps and information maps
WEKA (Waiuku Estuary Kayak Adventure), *Waiuku.
Waimanu *Manukau Harbour
Te Pae o Kaiwaka, *Waikato River
Dam to the Sea, *Waikato River
Kohekohe Church - Historic church (1886), on Awhitu Road, overlooking Lake Pokorua. Ph 02102210895
Available for hire -Special celebrations and events - weddings, birthdays, funerals. Celebrant available.
Email:email@example.com 0800564356, 0800Kohekohe.
Manukau Heads Lighthouse - For a stunning view of history. Restored 1874 lighthouse. Open daily. (9.00am to 5.00pm)
www.manukauheadslighthouse.co.nz Historic guide service firstname.lastname@example.org
Matakawau Bush Track - A short, steep, 750 metre, 20 minute trail though regenerating native bush. Information on native trees. Good family walk.
Starts opposite the Catholic Church at the beginning of Matakawau Road.
Mountainbike repair - Sunset Cycles, 31b Bowen St, Waiuku, next to Mitre 10. Ph 092352070. New and secondhand bikes, parts and repairs.
Mountainbike hire - Hire and maps/transport to Waiuku Forest, Stressfree Adventures. hire@StressfreeAdventures.co.nz
Mountainbike Trails - Waiuku Information Centre or Stressfree Adentures.
New Zealand Steel Mining - Ghezzie Road, restricted access. Lookout over Waikato River Delta at entrance.
Magnetic ironsands from this mine are seperated and sent 18km via a slurry pipeline to NZ Steel's site at Glenbrook for conversion into 650,000 tonnes pa
of various grades of steel, including Coloursteel roofing, galvanised pipes and steel plate. Free school tours (No personal tours). Ph 093758999
Pollok Co-op- Art Gallery and Sculpture garden. 2141 Awhitu Rd, Pollok, approx 20km from Waiuku.Open 10am to 5pm, 7days in Summer
Stressfree Adventures - Scenic kayaking and mountainbiking. Waikato River and Manukau Harbour. Family, corporate groups and school camps
the Goodness Grocer - Organic and spray-free fruit and veges, "home " preserves and jams.
Ph 092350000, email@example.com facebook.com/thegoodnessgrocer
Tide Charts - for Awhitu Peninsula's Manukau Harbour Beaches www.metservice.com/marine/tides/onehunga
Trail Blazers - 4x4 self drive guided tours on the rugged cliffs at Karioitahi. www.TrailBlazersAdventure.co.nz
Waikato River Kayak Trails - the Te Pae o Kaiwaka Trail, from 10km to 142km. Halfday to five day trips.
www.kayaktrails.co.nz. Free maps, points of interest
Kayaking on the Te Pae o Kaiwaka Trail, Waikato River Delta
Waitangi Falls - Rest stop and swimming hole. No toilets. Waitangi Falls Road, Glenbrook.
Waiuku Estuary Walking Trail - a new short walking trail in the township. Begins at Tamakae Reserve opposite the Waiuku Information Centre.
Still being developed, but first and second section to Riverside Drive open, as is Rangiwhea to McCall Drive.
Waiuku Forest - Wilsons Road, (poorly signposted). Parking inside entrance, no driving roads.
- Ghezzie Road, Waikato River Delta lookout, 12km forest drive to Tasman Sea and West Coast Lookout.
Gates open 7.00am, gates close 6.00pm. Fires or overnight camping prohibited year round. Free map Downloads (check with Waiuku Information Centre) Mtb trails, free bring your own mtb or hire with maps from Waiuku (Stressfree Adventures) / Walking trails, free / Horse riding trails, free - bring your own horse Also at the forest is NZ Steels open pit sand mine. (No tours)
Waiuku Historic Walking Trail - maps and info Waiuku Museum, 13 King St, Waiuku and Waiuku Information Centre, 2 Queen St, Waiuku
Waiuku Information Centre - 2 Queen St, Waiuku. Opposite the Kentish Hotel. Open Monday to Sunday day 10am to 4pm (3pm in winter)
Ph 092356201 www.WaiukuTown.co.nz www.FranklinCountry.com
Waiuku Museum - Local history museum, 13 King St, Waiuku. Next to the Fire Station. Open Saturday/Sunday 1pm to 3pm. Special demo days monthly
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