Omaha Golf Club

Considered by a growing number of serious golfers as a hidden treasure in New Zealand, the 18 hole, par 70 Omaha Beach Golf Club is less than an hour’s drive from central Auckland or an hour and a half from Auckland International Airport, but a world away from the frenetic pace of the city.

It’s a links style resort course, crafted by its designers to make the most of its stunning seaside location and the gentle, undulating roll of the rural landscape into which it neatly sits.

Bordered by the sea on one side and a natural estuary on the other, it is a course that offers some unique and pleasant surprises as you travel around it; a Totara Grove adjacent to one hole, a stand of Kaihikatea providing shelter to a boardwalk that delivers you to another, and with the estuary itself providing a new landscape, and challenge, as you progress around the course.

Significant work has gone into Omaha over the last five years to deliver a near all seasons course that is now gaining growing recognition for its stunning beauty as much as its challenges for all levels of golfer.

Phone: 09 422 7551
Address:
North West Anchorage (off Omaha Drive)
Omaha Beach

Ti Point Reptile Park

Situated in a secluded valley covered with native bush and overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean the Reptile Park displays a unique collection of both native and exotic reptiles of many different varieties while still maintaining the natural surroundings. Enjoy a pleasant walk and discover these fascinating creatures in their spacious enclosures which have been landscaped to the individual requirements of the occupants. The park house New Zealand lizards, exotic lizards, tuataras, tortoises, turtles and alligators.

Opening times: 10 am to 5 pm every day
Admission: Adults $18, School children $8, Preschoolers no charge
Family pass [2 Adults and 2 Children] $45 + additional children $5

27 Ti Point Rd, Warkworth RD5
Ring : 09 422 6021

Kawau Island

Kawau Island is one of the larger islands that make up the Hauraki Gulf and can be found 8kms off the coast about 45 km north of Auckland. The climate is sub-tropical with majority of the island covered in bush, mainly Kanuka, Manuka and Pohutukawa but there are also excellent stands of Puriri and Kauri plus many more pockets of other native species. It is very pretty and makes a lovely day out.

The island covers an area of approximately 5000 acres, is 8km by 5km at its longest axes, and is almost bisected by the long inlet of Bon Accord Harbour which is geologically a “drowned valley”. The island has remained largely in private ownership except for around 10% which is owned by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and this includes the famous Mansion House in Mansion House Bay. Access to the island is by boat and ferry and water taxis travel daily from Sandspit, near Warkworth, about one and a half hour’s drive from Auckland.

The island has a small population of permanent residents and many holiday dwellings, and is a popular destination for pleasure craft cruising the Hauraki Gulf. The crystal clear waters of Kawau Bay are a paradise for fishing and sailing and there are many sheltered anchorages for boaties.
The elegant historic Mansion House of Kawau, with links to Sir George Grey (one of New Zealand’s first Governors), has been turned into a marvellous museum. During his time on the island, Governor Grey imported many exotic plants and animals that remain today.

The island has walking tracks leading to beaches, Maori pa sites and old copper mines. Walks range in length from half-an-hour to several hours duration. Most walking tracks are easy walking and suitable for families. Many walks follow old nineteenth century paths originating from Mansion House Valley.

Activities and attractions on Kawau Island include:

– Mansion House
– Exotic gardens
– Historic mining sites
– Picnics, beaches and swimming
– Coastal, garden and exotic forest walks

There is also the Mansion House cafe / restaurant on Kawau Island that is open during summer months.
Access to the Kawau Island is by boat, ferry and water taxi. Daily ferries depart from Sandspit.

Ring Freephone 0800 111 616 for Reubens crises and ferries.