warkworth-accommodationWarkworth is a picturesque village with a population of around 3,500 people. Tucked in beside the Mahurangi River, Warkworth is less than an hour’s drive from Auckland and has many accommodation options, attractions and activities with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets.

Where to Stay

Warkworth is a good range choice of restaurants and places to stay. Warkworth’s accommodation choices range from camping grounds, Bed and Breakfasts, motels, hotels, holiday homes and baches available for rent, to luxury lodges. Warrkworth is ideal for a short holiday break.

What to See & Do

Warkworth on the Matakana Coast and is close to beaches of Omaha Goat Island, Tawharanui, Mahurangi West regional park and Wenderholm park.

Matakan is known as wine country. From Warkworth you can easily access numerous wineries: Ransom’s winery to the south and the numerous wineries around Matakana.

There are two regional parks in the area – Tawharanui to the north east and Mahurangi West to the south. Tawharanui Regional Park is a 588-hectare park and New Zealand’s first integrated open sanctuary. It has beautiful white sand beaches, a great surf beach, shingled bays, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands. You can camp at either of the two campgrounds at Tawharanui Regional Park

Mahurangi West regional park, just 18 km south of Warkworth, also offers camping in one of the three campgrounds available in the park. A safe harbour, Mahurangi West is a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy swimming, fishing, sailing and kayaking.

Goat Island Marine Reserve, New Zealand’s first marine reserve, is just 25 km from Warkworth and offers excellent snorkeling straight off the beach.

All the fabulous areas and the activities they offer are within easy reach from Warkworth. If you’re looking for comfortable, peaceful bed and breakfast accommodation close to Warkworth you can’t go past Mahurangi West Wing; just see what our guests say about it!

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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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Kowhai festival

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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