Accommodation north of Auckland

Peace and tranquillity at Mahurangi West B&B

Not ready to catch your flight yet?

Not quite ready to end your holiday?

Just 45 minutes north of Auckland city you’ll find peace and tranquillity at Mahurangi West. A great bed and breakfast accommodation option if you don’t want to deal with the hassle and bustle of Auckland city and the traffic. Our B&B is halfway between Warkworth and Orewa, just off SH1.

Stay with us at Mahurangi West and cruise into Auckland city at your leisure to catch your afternoon or evening flight.

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and main transport hub. A great place to stop and enjoy the shopping, dining, markets, harbour and Auckland viaduct area. The Auckland urban area is the largest and most populous in the country with a population of nearly 1,500,000, or just over 30 percent of New Zealand’s population. As well as being by far the largest city, Auckland is also the most multicultural with many diverse markets and great dining choices.

Auckland’s CBD and airport have many accommodation options available, but if you’re just not quite up to rejoining the rat race, want some quiet Auckland accommodation, why not spend an evening with us?

Conversely, if you’ve just arrived in Auckland and are on your way further north, Mahurangi West is the gateway to the Matakana Coast and to Northland beyond. You can stay with us, be beyond the morning rush hour traffic and feel refreshed and rejuvenated before heading on with your holiday.

Why not stay a couple of nights and discover all the Matakana Coast has to offer?

We try to be as accommodating as we can with check in and check out times. Just email us and we’ll be happy to help where we can.

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Golf Courses Nearby

A guest recently inquired after golf courses close to our bed and breakfast at Mahurangi West and so I put together this list for him. I had imagined the list would be reasonably brief, but was surprised to realise just how many fantastic golf courses are in this region: the Matakana Coast and beyond to Mangawhai.

Here is the list:

  • Warkworth golf course: 20 minute drive from Mahurangi West
  • Omaha links: a 30 minute drive from Mahurangi West
  • Whangaparaoa golf course – Peninsula Golf Club: 20 minutes drive from Mahurangi West
  • Gulf Harbour golf course: a second golf course set further down Whangaparaoa peninsula and about about a 40 minute drive south from Mahurangi West. You can see the Whangaparaoa peninsula from your deck at the Mahurangi West Wing bed and breakfast.
  • Mangawhai golf course: (my brother likes this one) this is about 50 minutes’ drive from from Mahurangi West and  “the Mangawhai Golf Club has consistently been regarded as one of the top courses in New Zealand”.
  • Huapai: maybe a 25 minute drive from Mahurangi West to the west (my brother has also been known to sneak off to this one)
  • Wellsford: maybe a 30 minute drive north from Mahurangi West
  • Helensville: 30 minutes west from Mahurangi West

As you can see there are loads of places in this area to enjoy a great game of golf and according to a 2013 article I found on the ranking of New Zealand golf courses from New Zealand industry leaders,”Gulf Harbour also moved up from number 13 to number nine. Mangawhai Golf Club and the Carrington Resort in the far north snuck into the “Top 15”.

Sounds like good reason for golfers to be happy to me, and Mahurangi West B&B is close to all these courses: only about a 20-30  minute drive in all directions.

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Wine at Matakana

Enjoy a taste of the good life on a road trip through Matakana Coast & Country. With sparkling beaches, flourishing marine reserves, gourmet treats, character pubs and friendly towns, this area is a favourite getaway less than an hour north of Auckland City.

Begin your adventure at the historic village of Puhoi, which was settled by immigrants from Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). Evidence of its Bohemian culture is still visible, particularly at the iconic Puhoi Pub with its interior filled with memorabilia.

At Puhoi you can also hire a kayak or canoe and paddle down the picturesque Puhoi River to the Wenderholm Regional Park, an expansive scenic park encompassing a long sandy beach, native forest and plenty of gorgeous scenery, before catching a courtesy coach back to Puhoi. Indulge on handcrafted cheeses and yoghurts at Puhoi Valley Café and Cheese Store before you set off for Warkworth.

About 2 kms north of Puhoi, on your way north to Warkworth, turn right into Mahurangi West Road. Carry on down this road for about 5kms and you’ll come to your B&B accommodation for the weekend.  If you give your hosts at Mahurangi West Wing a call, they can be available for you so you can drop your gear off and get organised before continuing north on your adventure.

Warkworth is the main town on the attention-grabbing Matakana Coast, with plenty of cafés, restaurants and boutique shops to explore. Take a stroll along the boardwalk lining the Mahurangi River in the heart of town, admire giant kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park, check out the museum or take a horse-riding trip. If you’re a craft beer fan or just like a good place to relax, visiting Tahi Bar is a must.

A detour well worth the effort is a side trip to Kawau Island. The departure point is from Sandspit, 10 minutes from Warkworth, and water taxis glide from here into the turquoise waters surrounding Kawau Island daily. Explore Mansion House, the stately home with exotic gardens that was developed by Sir George Grey, the first governor of New Zealand. You can also enjoy the impressive native flora and take one of the many walks.

Wine at Matakana

Wine at Matakana

Just outside of Warkworth is Matakana, a village that’s becoming increasingly popular as a weekend getaway destination thanks to its laid-back lifestyle and boutique wineries. Matakana Village has a cinema, boutique shops, excellent restaurants and there are many wineries and vineyards in the surrounding district. Morris and James Pottery and Café is well worth a visit, and the whole family will love the Matakana Country Park with its petting zoo, pony rides, gallery, café and gift shop.

If the likes of mussel fritters, organic blueberry ice cream, locally made olive oil and cheeses, artisan baking, freshly brewed coffee and fresh produce has your mouth watering, a trip to the Matakana Farmers’ Market is a must. Held in Matakana on Saturday morning, these markets are not only a chef’s heaven, they also have a wonderful atmosphere. With live music and entertainment, friendly locals and bargains galore, this is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Around 15 minutes from Matakana is Leigh, a relaxed township known for the great live-music gigs at the Leigh Sawmill Café, which is also home to a brewery, restaurant and accommodation options. At Leigh you can also charter a boat to take you to local dive spots or wander around the harbourside walkway.

If you like to be surrounded by an abundance of aquatic life, then Goat Island Marine Reserve just outside of Leigh will have your eyes darting in all directions. New Zealand’s first marine reserve is rich in the likes of lace coral, crustaceans, snapper, stingrays and kahawai. This underwater utopia provides obvious appeal if you’re keen on diving and snorkelling, but if you’d prefer to stay out of the water, the Glass Bottom Boat is a fine alternative.

When you’re finished exploring Leigh, loop back towards Auckland via Pakiri Beach – horse riding is available here – and Wellsford before rejoining SH 1 and heading south towards your glorious bed and breakfast accommodation for the night.

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