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Waiuku - A Historic Town

Historic Waiuku

Waiuku - click to enlargeWaiuku ' Historic town on the Sunset Coast
Situated 20 minutes from the Drury off-ramp of Auckland's Southern Motorway (S.H.1) visitors will delight in this friendly, inviting 'heritage' town. The town's focal point is the Kentish Hotel built in the 1850's by one of the first Europeans to settle at Waiuku.

The town's waterfront, Tamakae Reserve is home to the fascinating Waiuku Museum and a small historic 'village' with several restored buildings dating back to the 1800s.

The town can now also lay claim to having the original Admirals Barge, from the WWII ship, HMS Archilles, which a local has purchased and is restoring.

Waiuku has numerous neighbouring
attractions, including the stunning West Coast black sand beach of Karioitahi and the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, both just 10 minutes away.

 Discover the history of Waiuku.  Waiuku Museum, Hartmann House, Tamakae Reserve, The Kentish Hotel -'New Zealand's Longest Running Hotel' est. 1853.

Waiuku Forest, situated 13km south of Waiuku township and owned by the Crown , covers an area of over 1500 hectares and is open to the public during the day for recreational use - swimming,fishing, walking and cycle tracks.   

 

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Agave Restaurant
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Accommodation


Waiuku

Waiuku Motel

Phone: +64 9 235 9237

Waiuku

Waiuku Lodge Motel

Phone: +64 9 235 8874

Clarks Beach

Clarks Beach Holiday Park

Phone: + 64 (0) 9 232 1685


Waiau Pa

Estuary Orchard B&B

Phone: 09 232 1231 or 09 576 3139

Dining

Waiuku

The Wild Olive

Phone: 09 235 0360

Karioitahi
Agave @ Castaways


Karioitahi

Castaways Resort

Phone: 09 236 5041 extn 226

Waiuku

Cafe Karma

Phone: 09 2355432

Waiuku

Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club

Phone: 09 2359131 Restaurant Bookings 09 2358995

Experience

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.


Glenbrook

Glenbrook Vintage Railway

 
Glenbrook Vintage Railway - Take a nostalgic 15km trip back in time through the beautiful Franklin countryside aboard the lovingly restored steam train on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.<br />Situated in Glenbrook Station Rd, approximately 8km north of Waiuku, the Railway operates from Labour Weekend through to Queens Birthday Weekend on Sundays and most public holidays.<br />view us on the news -  http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/railwaymen-remembered-glenbrook-video-6117395<br /> Full details are at www.gvr.co.nz">

Glenbrook Station Road, Glenbrook
Phone: 0508 123 487 (or 09 236 3546 on operating days)

Take a nostalgic 15km trip back in time through the beautiful Franklin countryside aboard the lovingly restored steam train on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.
Situated in Glenbrook Station Rd, approximately 8km north of Waiuku, the Railway operates from Labour Weekend through to Queens Birthday Weekend on Sundays and most public holidays.
view us on the news - http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/railwaymen-remembered-glenbrook-video-6117395
Full details are at www.gvr.co.nz"


Waiuku

Waiuku Golf and Squash Club

Phone: 09 235 9489

Waiuku

Amcal Pharmacy Waiuku

Phone: 09 235 9307

Waiuku

Waiuku Forest

 
Waiuku Forest - 13km south of Waiuku, at the mouth of the Waikato River is the Waiuku Forest.  Owned by Crown Forestry and managed by New Zealand Forest Managers, the forest covers 1508 ha and is planted in Pinus Radiata.<br /><br />Also at the forest is the New Zealand Steel

Ghezzie Rd, Waiuku Forest

13km south of Waiuku, at the mouth of the Waikato River is the Waiuku Forest.  Owned by Crown Forestry and managed by New Zealand Forest Managers, the forest covers 1508 ha and is planted in Pinus Radiata.

Also at the forest is the New Zealand Steel


Waiuku

Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club

Phone: 09 2359131 Restaurant Bookings 09 2358995