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Kowhai Festival 2015

The Kowhai Festival takes place every October in and around Warkworth, Matakana and the beautiful Mahurangi Coast.

The Kowhai Festival 2015 is from 9th to the 26th October and is organised by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who are maintaining a 45-year tradition of celebrating all the things that make Rodney such a great place to live, work and play – gorgeous scenery, delicious food and wine, talented artists and musicians, diverse culture, fantastic recreational opportunities and, above all, a welcoming and supportive community spirit.

Kowhai Festival 2015 – Huge Day out – 17th October

Warkworth Town Centre

The theme for this year’s festival is “Flower Power”, so come along to see the stalls and some great bands and performers on two stages! From 9am there will be kids entertainment, stalls, stalls & more stalls!

Looking for accommodation near Warkworth? Come and enjoy our country retreat on the Matakana Coast.

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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.

For bed and breakfast inquiries, please go to our reservations page.

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Kowhai festivalThe Kowhai Festival

The general area in and around Warkworth is known as the Kowhai Coast, named after the native kowhai tree, and Warkworth is at the heart of the region.

The Kowhai Festival takes place every October in and around Warkworth, Matakana and the beautiful Mahurangi Coast from the 6th to the 20th October

It is organised by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who are maintaining a 45-year tradition of celebrating all the things that make Rodney such a great place to live, work and play: gorgeous scenery, delicious food and wine, talented artists and musicians, diverse culture, fantastic recreational opportunities, great accommodation options and, above all, a welcoming and supportive community spirit.

11 October 2014 – Huge Day Out

The Huge Day out sees Warkworth Town Centre become a pedestrian zone, with lots of stalls and entertainment. Thousands of visitors are expected in Warkworth this weekend for the Kowhai Festival, particularly its hallmark event, the Huge Day Out, on Saturday.

Warkworth’s town centre roads are closed to most vehicles from 9am to 4pm to allow pedestrians to view the attractions. There will be kids’ entertainment, stalls, stalls and more stalls.

Enjoy wine, food and jazz down by the Riverside, 10am-4pm by the Mahurangi River, Wharf St. There is an all weather marquee, local wines, oysters, mussel fritters, cheese, cider, beer.

Come, enjoy the food and fun and then stay with us at Mahurangi West Wing, very comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation close to Warkworth.

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