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AUCKLAND

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Orewa

Whangaparaoa Peninsula

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hangaparaoa has an abundance of beaches excellent for swimming, snorkelling, boating and water skiing, along with other great recreational facilities such as golf courses, swimming pools and parks. Right at the end of the peninsula is Shakespear Regional Park, where you can camp, swim, fish and picnic.

The park is also rich in bird life, including some endangered native species. Towards the end of the peninsula lies Gulf Harbour, an impressive marine village with first-class facilities. A haven for boating enthusiasts, the marina offers easy access to the Hauraki Gulf, known for its fishing, diving, bird sanctuaries, marine reserves

and sheltered anchorage. Gulf Harbour is also the departure point for ferries to the island of Tiritiri Matangi, an open wildlife sanctuary that is one of the most successful conservation projects in the world. Hear incredible birdsong and see several of New Zealand’s native and most endangered species in the wild. The country’s oldest

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he long, white-sand beach attracts a crowd for the many watersports that can be enjoyed here. As well as being ideal for swimming and surfing, the beach is favoured for boating, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and fishing.

working lighthouse (built in 1864) is located on the island. Take the 30-minute Wattle Track for unsurpassed bird-watching opportunities.

RODNEY ENJOY LIFE AT A GENTLER PACE AND HEAD TO ONE OF THE REGIONAL PARKS, ENJOY THE BEACHES, SOAK IN A HOT POOL, EXPLORE A MARINE RESERVE, VISIT WINERIES AND MARKETS, THEN DISCOVER ART AND CRAFTS.

Te Haruhi Bay, Shakespear Regional Park INSET: Gulf Harbour BOTH: © davidwallphoto.com

Back on dry land, there are boutique shops to browse through and cafés and restaurants along the waterfront.

Check out the Estuary Arts Centre at the southern end of town, open seven days. With an on-site café, it’s conveniently located right next to the popular Te Ara Tahuna Estuary cycle- and walkway. This 7.5km loop track around the estuary offers great views and glimpses of native bird life along the way. Orewa Square hosts a Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings from 8am.

Muriwai’s Gannets A major drawcard on Rodney’s rugged west coast is the gannet colony at Muriwai Beach’s Otakamiro Point. Take an easy walk from the beach along a well formed path and climb up steps that lead to vantage points which are perfect places to spy on the gannets and take photographs. The best time to visit is between October and February and a visit in November will be rewarded with sightings of freshly hatched fluffy white chicks.

OREWA BEACH 40km N of Auckland on SH 1

Hatfields Beach, Hibiscus Coast © davidwallphoto.com LEFT: Gannet colony, Muriwai

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Ōrewa Beach Wake up next to the beach! Stay right next to the stunning Ōrewa Beach! Just 35 mins from central Auckland. • Waterfront and regular tent and motorhome powered sites • Cabins, self-contained units and family rooms • Glamping tents (seasonal) • Surf board, kayak and pedal kart hire You’ll have access to Wi-Fi, kitchen and barbecue facilities, TV rec room, playground, hot showers, laundry, dump station amenities and our friendly team of staff. Enjoy the beach and the lively town before exploring the local area. Hot pools, diving, beautiful parks, there’s something for everyone. 265 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Ōrewa. Book now: visit orewabeachholidaypark.co.nz or phone 0800 673 921 or 09 426 5832 or email obhpark@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

A GREAT FAMILY CAMP RIGHT ON RED BEACH • Playground, trampolines • Wireless internet • Two safe swimming beaches • Outdoor movies & family programme over summer • 2-bedroom kitchen cabins and self-contained motel units • Tent & power sites, campervan pads HOSTS: SHIRLEY & STEPHAN GREEN 23 Marie Avenue, Red Beach, Hibiscus Coast (30 minutes north of Harbour Bridge) Phone: +64 9 426 4526 Email: office@pinewoods.co.nz

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