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Awhitu Peninsula

Awhitu Peninsula

Stretching northwards from Waiuku, the Awhitu Peninsula, our Sunset Coast, offers some of the best views of both the Manukau Harbour and the rugged west coast along the Tasman Sea. Awhitu, which means 'place of longing' in Maori, was an important early settlement area and gateway to the rest of the country, for both Maori and Europeans.

Awhitu PeninsularThe turbulent seas of the Manukau Heads at the top of the Peninsula, were the site of New Zealand?s worst maritime disaster, when in 1863 the HMS Orpheus ran aground. As a result the paraffin lit Manukau Heads Lighthouse was built in 1874. The present day replica, which features the original light, has become a magnet for visitors seeking out our country's historic icons and this coupled with the other attractions of the Peninsula has stimulated an influx of fun-seeking visitors.

The Peninsula's wild but beautiful attractions range from horse trekking, country markets, kayak adventures, organic foods, wine cellars to natural rambles in a magnificent regional park; sun baking, sand-strolling, fishing, heritage sites and more. All wait to be enjoyed on the finger of land protecting the peaceful Manukau Harbour from the might of the Tasman Sea.

Manukau Heads Lighthouse is open 9am to 5pm every day. Entry is by donation, but for a historic guided tour contact Guiding Lights on (09) 2351458.

 

 
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Hamiltons Gap 2016 by Paul Smith
Awhitu and cows by Paul Smith
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Accommodation

Awhitu

One Field Farm

 
One Field Farm - We offer affordable rates in a peaceful, healthy environment. Close to coastal walks. Fresh organic vegetables grown right at your doorstep

1215 Kohekohe Road, R D 3 Waiuku
Phone: 09235 0533

We offer affordable rates in a peaceful, healthy environment. Close to coastal walks. Fresh organic vegetables grown right at your doorstep


Orua Bay

Orua Bay Beach Motor Camp and Accommodation

Phone: 09 235 1129

Waiuku

Waiuku Lodge Motel

Phone: +64 9 235 8874




Experience

Waiuku

Heritage Trail

Contact: Waiuku Visitor Centre, King Street, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 8924

Today visitors can follow a Heritage trail through the town and relive the past at the pioneer museum open weekends and public holidays. Nearby the Glenbrook Vintage Railway delights children of all ages on a 12km journey through the countryside.


Grahams Beach

Harbour Walks

Grahams Beach to Wattle Bay

3 hour walk from Grahams Beach to Wattle Bay with the choice of stopping at Big Bay or Orua Bay en-route.  Check tides.


Awhitu

Coast Walk

Lighthouse Road, Awhitu

240m steep descent from the Signal Station, then along the coast to Hamiltons Gap (end of West Coast Road) takes 4 to 5 hours.  Check tides.


Awhitu Regional Park (ARC)

 
Awhitu Regional Park (ARC) - 20 minute to 3 hour beach/farm walks.  Historic Brook Homestead.  Campsites available. 

Brook Road, Kauritutahi, Awhitu, Franklin District
Phone: 09 303 1530

20 minute to 3 hour beach/farm walks.  Historic Brook Homestead.  Campsites available. 


Matakawau Scenic Reserve

Matakawau Rd (beach end of Matakawau Road)

The Matakawau Scenic Reserve is now complete with a footbridge over Opoia Creek and a boardwalk across the church land to link up with Hatton Road Reserve.


Waiuku Information Centre

2 Queen Street, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 6201


Pollok

Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op

 
Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op  - The Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op presents arts and crafts mainly from the Awhitu Peninsula.  These range from fine art, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art, right through to cards and organic foodstuffs.

2141 Awhitu Road, Pollok
Phone: 09 2352225

The Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op presents arts and crafts mainly from the Awhitu Peninsula. These range from fine art, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art, right through to cards and organic foodstuffs.


Awhitu

Lighthouse at Manukau Heads

 
Lighthouse at Manukau Heads - The Lighthouse was first built in 1874 and has been meticulously refurbished and rebuilt using pieces from the original building. It has been relocated to a new site beside the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform which has been on this site since 1865. Amazing views of the Manukau Heads and Bar can be seen from this view point.

Manukau Heads Rd, Awhitu

The Lighthouse was first built in 1874 and has been meticulously refurbished and rebuilt using pieces from the original building. It has been relocated to a new site beside the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform which has been on this site since 1865. Amazing views of the Manukau Heads and Bar can be seen from this view point.


Grahams Beach

Brenda Vester - Wire Figure Sculpture Artist

403 Grahams Beach Road, Grahams Beach, Awhitu Peninsula
Phone: 09 235 1313

Brenda is a sculptor who creates forms from wire.
Displayed on her lawn are over-sized human ghostly figures of the late Princess Diana, Novac Djocovich, Elderly gentleman and lady from the early 1900s plus many more.
Watch her create her figures live.
Can be viewed at 403 Grahams beach Rd 10 minutes’ walk from Grahams beach.
Previously in 2015/2016 her work was displayed at the Manukau Heads lighthouse.2017 Auckland fringe Aotea square.
View by appointment
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.
Cost Adult $5.00
Child $ 2.00


Waiuku

StressFree Adventures

 
StressFree Adventures - We specialise in outdoor eco adventure activites for all ages.  From canoeing, kayaking and  mountain biking and bushcraft / navigation.

Waiuku
Phone: 0800 Go By Kayak

We specialise in outdoor eco adventure activites for all ages. From canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking and bushcraft / navigation.



Awhitu

Awhitu Golf Club

Phone: 09 2351031

Karioitahi

Castaways Resort

Phone: 09 236 5041 extn 226

Grahams Beach

Awhitu Wines

Phone: 09 235 1465

Dining

Waiuku
The Shires

Karioitahi
Agave @ Castaways

Services

Tuakau

Grahams Franklin Funeral Services Ltd

West St Tuakau
Phone: 09-2368919

Grahams Funeral Services have been caring for families in our community since 1935 and strive to help you arrange and facilitate a meaningful farewell for the person who has died. We will provide professional caring advice and options to suit your choice of service for a burial or cremation. We have facilities and funeral directors in Tuakau, Pukekohe and Waiuku


Clarks Beach
Micronet Services Ltd



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