10 Best Things To Do In Warkworth, NZ

things to do in warkworth nz

Warkworth, New Zealand offers a variety of activities that suit all ages, tastes, and budgets. Located in the Rodney District in the Auckland region, the locale’s most prominent feature is the Mahurangi River which runs throughout its township.

From natural parks to restaurants, Warkworth allows tourists to experience that classic New Zealand vibe with its tourist attractions. What about worthwhile activities? Well, not a problem because the town’s got you covered. From delightful hiking adventures to learning some exciting stuff the New Zealander way, let me introduce to you some of the best things to do in Warkworth.

1. Ridge walking in Tawharanui Regional Park

Tawharanui Regional Park
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With its very impressive grassy farm track, the vast Tawharanui Regional Park is best explored through ridge walking. The 10-kilometer (6 mile) trail has four points crossing towns of Warkworth and Matakana. Upon reaching the park, visitors can get a good view of Kawau Island and Whangaparaoa Bay. Although this trail is categorized as easy, hikers are encouraged to be mindful of the hazards, especially in areas with high rocky cliffs.

Tawharanui is open daily from 6 am to 9 pm. Remember that dogs are not allowed within the park.

Tawharanui Regional Park

Address: 1181 Takutu Road, Tawharanui, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Daily, 6 am – 9 pm

Duration: 2 hours one way

Contact: +64 93010101

Website: Tawharanui Regional Park

2. Learn the ropes in sheep farming at Sheep World

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Have you ever seen dogs leading a herd of sheep? Well, you can witness that astounding animal camaraderie in Sheep World, New Zealand’s sheep and wool center. Locals hold live step-by-step demonstrations daily at 11 am and 2 pm on how they farm, harvest, and use wool. If you want to know more of New Zealand’s most important agricultural industry for 130 years, take a crash course on how to shear sheep’s fleece and turn them into incredible products. Rates start at 15 NZD (10.70 USD) only.

For tourists who adore products out of sheep’s fleece, you can go visit their shops for luxury Merino wool, premium quality sheepskin rugs and clothing, silky smooth possum fur, and a ton of other local handicrafts.

Sheep World

Address: 324 State Highway 1, Warkworth, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Daily, 9 am – 5 pm

Price: from 15 NZD (10.70 USD)

Duration: 1 day

Contact: +64 94257444

Website: Sheep World

3. Revisit the town’s past at Warkworth District Museum

Warkworth Museum
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Pay a visit to the Warkworth District Museum and learn more about the town’s history. Situated inside the Parry Kauri Park just south of town, take delight with the artifacts from the region’s colonial past, including rooms built in the 1920s and clothes that were worn by pioneering families between 1890 to the 1950s.

Take a side trip inside the park. In the vicinity of the museum stands one of the largest and oldest McKinney kauri trees—estimated to be 800 years old—remaining in the country. Admission is 3 NZD (2.14 USD) for children and 6 NZD (4.28 USD) for adults. The Warkworth District Museum is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Warkworth Museum

Address: Parry Kauri Park, Tudor Collins Drive, Warkworth, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Daily, 10 am – 4 pm

Price: from 3 NZD (2.14 USD)

Contact: +64 94257093

Website: Warkworth Museum

4. Hike along the Te Araroa Trail through Dome Forest

Dome Forest
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Get your adrenaline pumping by hiking along the Te Araroa Trail (The Long Pathway) through the Dome Forest. This trail has the right amount of difficulty that inexperienced hikers can definitely get a thrill out of. From the base at the Dome Forest tearooms carpark to the conservation area, the trail stretches one kilometer (0.6 mi) under a canopy of podocarps, making it the perfect getaway for tourists who want to immerse into the beauty of nature. Don’t get too comfortable just yet because some of the trail is composed of steep steps.

On your way up, hikers get to enjoy a misty forest and listen to random birds singing and crickets chirping. Upon reaching the conservation area, you will get the most rewarding prize for the day’s hike—a stunning panoramic view of the Hauraki Gulf and Mahurangi Peninsula. The Te Araroa Trail goes on to Govan Wilson Road, so if you want to take the challenge a little further, you can track the Dome Walkway down until Govan Wilson Road in Matakana, which takes roughly seven hours. The walk to Govan Wilson Road encompasses sacrosanct areas so better stay on the track.

A friendly reminder: due to the kauri dieback disease that slowly kills the kauri trees in New Zealand, visitors are encouraged to help prevent this from going any further by staying away from their roots. Also, dogs are strictly prohibited in the forest just so you know. And don’t forget to clean your gear. As campers say, leave no trace.

Dome Forest

Access: Dome Forest tearooms carpark is located 7 km (4.3 mi) north of Warkworth along State Highway 1

Opening Hours: Daily, 6 am – 9 pm

Duration: 1 hour one way

Contact: +64 93796476

Website: Dome Forest

5. Horseback riding at Roger and Heath Mackenzie Shiloh Farm

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Horseback riding is another outdoor adventure that’s perfect for travelers with kids. The Roger and Heath Mackenzie Shiloh Farm makes horseback riding all the more perfect with its scenic view of Warkworth. For 50 NZD (35.66 USD), you can hop onto the horse for an hour with the help of your accommodating guides. Call +64 94258517 or email [email protected] for reservations.

The activity is open daily except for Christmas Day. Available schedules of the ride are 10 am, 11:30 am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm.

Roger and Heath Mackenzie Shiloh Farm

Address: 42 Kaipara Flats Road, Warkworth, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Daily, 10 am – 5 pm

Price: from 50 NZD (35.66 USD)

Duration: 1 – 2 hours

Contact: +64 94258517

Website: Roger and Heath Mackenzie Shiloh Farm

6. Taste New Zealand’s best wines at Matakana Coast Wine Country

New Zealand Vineyards
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Matakana is home to the best wines in the country. Have a taste of New Zealand’s best wines straight from the wineries at Matakana Coast Wine Country. Go wine-hopping and find classic red varieties of merlot, syrah, and cabernet, chardonnay, and pinot gris.

Suffice your artsy side and explore eateries, fashion boutiques, galleries, and gift stores at Matakana Village. Head over to the Matakana Farmers’ Market, especially on a Saturday, and score fresh produce, craft beer, artisanal cheese, home-spun spreads, and a lot more. Warkworth is the gateway to Matakana so access is never an issue.

Matakana Coast Wine Country

Address: 1 Baxter Street, Warkworth, New Zealand

Contact: +64 94259081

Website: Matakana Coast Wine Country

7. Dive with New Zealand Diving

New Zealand Diving
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Explore the depths of New Zealand and swim with dolphins and sharks. Whether you are a hobbyist or a novice, you can book a diving charter with New Zealand Diving as they offer training for all levels of dive. While based in Warkworth, the charter will take you to the best dive sights in the country—from Hauraki Gulf to Hen and Chick Islands, Poor Knights, and Little and Great Barrier. There’s a lot to choose from.

New Zealand Diving

Address: 22 Whitaker Road, Warkworth, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Daily, 8:30 am – 6 am

Price: from 120 NZD (85.58 USD)

Contact: +64 94258517

Website: New Zealand Diving

8. Discover the majestic Pohuehue Falls

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Pohuehue Falls is a hidden gem located in between Warkworth and Waiwera. From the lookout, the view is limited. So for tourists to enjoy the cascading waterfalls, you would have to go down from the lookout to the base of the falls through an unofficial track, which will take you 30 minutes. You have to be extra careful to avoid untoward incidents. The terrain is not seemly for wheelchairs and strollers.

After the majestic Pohuehue Falls, another attraction in the vicinity is waiting for you. The Beverley Price Look Track will bring hikers through a bush and tender climbs from here and there, then through a road under the hood of a forest.

Pohuehue Falls

Address: 0983, 1235 State Highway 1, Warkworth, New Zealand

Duration: 30 minutes from the lookout one way

Website: Pohuehue Falls

9. Swim at the historic Mahurangi Cement Works ruins

Warkworth Cement Work Ruins
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Go off-the-beaten and head to the Mahurangi Cement Works ruins, an old quarry that has been a part of Warkworth’s history. It was functional until 1928. But swimming in there? Yes, you read that right. It remains unknown to tourists that the old quarry is filled with fresh water where you can swim. However, the water is deep so better be wary.

You can also sit down, have a cold beer, and just chill out while at the place. Enjoy the chimney ruins across the area.

Mahurangi Cement Works

Address: Wilson Road S, Warkworth, New Zealand

10. Bask in the sun at Snells Beach

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Snells Beach is the most accessible seaside. Feel New Zealand’s laid-back life by basking in the sun on this sandy warm beach. The beach is shallow for several meters so the spot is ideal for families with kids, not to mention there’s a playground nearby where you can see a flying fox.

Snells Beach

Address: Mahurangi East, Warkworth, New Zealand

Duration: 1 – 2 hours

Get moving!

These are just some of the adventures you can embark on in Warkworth. There’s still a ton of other activities you can do that are not mentioned here. I hope this gets you pumped to pack up your bag and head to Warkworth. We would love to hear about your awesome experiences once you get there so please don’t hesitate to share it. For now, though, you have to get moving!

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