A pleasant country drive through Waiuku and 33km beyond, leads to peaceful Awhitu on the southwest shores of the Manukau Harbour. Wander freely over parkland pastures, explore the wetlands, enjoy the safe, sandy beaches and sheltered picnic and barbecue areas.Camping sites available.
The Awhitu Peninsula encloses the Manukau Harbour. It is rugged, beautiful, and just over an hour from central Auckland.There are still remnants of the once thick puriri and kauri forest in the steeper valleys. A wide variety of agricultural and horticultural activities are visible on the Peninsula as are a number of charming harbour beach settlements, which are in direct contrast to the wild west coast and its 200m high sand cliffs.In the Franklin County several towns were surveyed in the late 1800s but never built. Greenock was one of these out on the Awhitu Peninsula.In those pre-road days every little bay had a wharf and the settlers sailed for supplies to Onehunga, which at that time was the main port for trans-Tasman trade.Awhitu Wines is found in Greenock Drive at Grahams Beach.Wine TastingJoin us for cellar door sales and a leisurely tasting experience in our unique location.Opening Hours:November – AprilWeekends and Public Holidays 10am - 5pmWeek days usually open though call to confirm.We are closed Christmas Day,Good Friday, Easter Sunday and ANZAC Day until 1:00pmLarge group tastings are available by arrangement.Platters can be provided on request.
Experience Bersantai’s wonderful range of massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, including our signature hot stone massages. Maximise your indulgence with a soak in Bersantai’s Balinese outdoor stone baths before your treatment or choose one of our indulgent packages. Spa and Dine and Spa and Stay packages are also available.
Castaways Adventures is the only place in Franklin where you can try all of these great activities at the one stunning location. Great for some weekend fun, excellent as a gift voucher idea and perfect for a company get together or team building activity. Feel the wind in your hair as you gain confidence and skills controlling the sail rope of a blo-kart. Feel the kick back of a real rifle as you take aim at clays or go head to head with friends or colleagues in an archery competition. Castaways Adventure activities are great on their own or combine them with a meal at Castaways' cliff top restaurant Agave or unwind after a challenge with a spa treatment at Castaways' Bersantai Day Spa. All activities at Castaways Adventures are professionally facilitated and safety is paramount. Additional team building activities are available for large groups. Please enquire.
Situated on the stunning coastal cliff tops of Karioitahi Beach is Castaways Resort. With award winning cliff top restaurant Agave featuring both modern cuisine and interactive Stonegrill dining, ocean view accommodation for up to 80 guests, a gorgeous Balinese inspired day spa, multiple venues for private functions as well as a great range of activities, Castaways Resort is ideal for an enjoyable meal, celebration, weekend escape, conference or wedding venue or as a gift for someone special.
Castaways Resort is a spectacular North Island coastal property in the South Western corner of Auckland, just 50 minutes drive from the CBD.The well known resort offers guest accommodation, a tranquil day spa- Bersantai, beautiful restaurant - Castaways Restaurant & Bar, and loads of adventure activities. It's one of the most popular wedding and conference destinations in the Greater Auckland region.Castaways have also embraced Glam Camping. And with three Coastal Tents located on the secluded cliffs above Karioitahi Beach, as well as a tree tent suspended in between two mighty totara trees - they've not done it by halves.The Coastal Tents are located 10 minutes by golf cart from the main resort, giving couples a chance to instantly unwind in a truly restful and romantic spot. The Tree Tent is located in-land from the resort, surrounded by pristine bush.Whatever glam camping option you choose, central heating makes this the perfect city escape year round. With your gourmet self-cook dinner and breakfast included in the package, all you need to think about is getting yourself there - the rest is taken care of.All these specially designed tents are the ultimate in 5 star glamping. Although completely off-grid, solar power produces electricity for lighting, stereo, even an espresso machine and refrigerator - which you'll find stocked full with all the food you'll need to create delicious, gourmet meals on the BBQ.So, either spend your evenings soaking in the sunken outdoor bath, watching the sun set over the ocean, or surround yourself with native bush in the one-of-a-kind Tree Tent. Go for a leisurely stroll on the stunning West Coast beach... Or wile away the hours watching the changing light through the trees.
Glenbrook Model Railway offers one of the largest model railways for public viewing in NZ. The train is based on modern American Railways. Some 800 metres, 600+ freight carriages and locomotives with sound.Entry $2 donation per person.Birthday party room and facilities available, phone to book.
Garden, Gift Shop and Lavender NurseryIn October 2005 we purchased an established garden, lavender and rosemary propagation nursery in Waiuku, South Auckland, and became custodians of the North Island Lavender Collection.Our aim was to restore the gardens to their former glory providing a fragrant, beautiful tourist attraction and continue to build upon the work of former owner, Peter Carter, by offering the greatest selection of lavender species in New Zealand.We had a lot of hard work ahead of us but we are now well on the way to achieving our goal.Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.
Auckland's highest most remote lighthouse is open daily until 5pm.One of the hidden gems of Franklin.Enjoy breathtaking views of the treacherous Manukau Bar which sank the HMS Orpheous in 1863, spectacular vistas across to Auckland and to the western horizon.This is one of the few lighthouses where you can climb to the top.You can make a donation to assist with the ongoing maintenance of this beautiful piece of history.For directions go to their website listed here.On route make a stop at one of the lovely sleepy bays lining the east coast of the peninsula, Awhitu Regional Park or the rugged west coast.Other places of interest in the area; Pollok Co-op Art Gallery with it's unique local arts and crafts where you can enjoy a coffee in the sculpture garden, Awhitu Wines where you can taste beautiful boutique wines and take some home with you to enjoy.
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. There is also the Sculpture Garden where you can sit down in the shade with a freshly ground coffee, and admire the fine selection of ponga, kauri, and stainless steel sculpture.Opening Hours:Winter: Thursday to Monday 10:0am - 4:00pmSummer: 7 days, 9:30am - 5:00pmJust follow the orange signs to Pollok
Relax and enjoy the beauty of the sand forest on a guided horse trek. This is a unique experience that is suitable for all levels of rider. The trek will begin with basic instruction, for everyones safety and enjoyment of the ride, then it will take you on sandy trails through a stunning pine forest. The beauty of dappled sunlight through the trees and feeling of soft hoofbeats on the sand will be sure to delight.The other alternative is a ride down Kariotahi Beach on the Wild West Coast, with it's big surf and 10 kilometers of beach you will really be getting away from it all.We also take horse riding lessons at our home base in Waiuku for children and adults.
Come in and enjoy a drink at the Oldest Continuous Licensed Hotel in New Zealand.The Kentish Hotel public bar and Portside Restaurant, enjoying a view of the estuary.You can also stay in one of our re-furbished rooms and have a truly old fashioned hotel experience at reasonable rates.We also cater for weddings with packages to suit in our picturesque surroundings. See accommodation listing on this site or go to our website for full details.Built in 1851 by Edward Constable who emigrated from Maidstone, Kent in England. Constable then went on to apply to the Colonial Secretary for a Publican's Special Licence and Licence No.47 was granted on January 10th 1853. That same license still continues today and the hotel lays claim to the longest continuous liquor license in New Zealand.Throughout its long history the Kentish has been at the heart of Waiuku life since it was built. It occupies a central location in Waiuku town, is near the entrance to the Waiuku harbor, and opposite the popular Tamakae reserve which serves as a base for the Waiuku Museum and other attractions.
Wonderful all year round golf facility with 365 day access to affiliated and non affiliated players alike. Be a member of golf for $15 per week and squash for $250 per annum. Family memberships and corporate and business members encouraged. Three great squash courts and a friendly social family environment.