Set on the Mahurangi River, Warkworth is a friendly town known for its agricultural attractions and farm-to-table food scene. Explore the characterful main street or venture out of town to discover gorgeous beaches, scenic nature reserves and boutique vineyards strung across Matakana Coast Wine Country.
Things to do
Sheepworld showcases one of New Zealand's most iconic industries. The family-friendly agricultural attraction features a popular sheep and dog show, live shearing demonstrations, pony rides and lamb feeding experiences. Around five kilometres out of town, the Honey Centre treats visitors to free tastings, a well-stocked gift store and glass-fronted hives.
Stretch your legs in Dome Forest, a lush nature reserve located two kilometres north of Warkworth. A shady walking trail winds up to Dome summit where you'll enjoy sweeping views over the countryside. Avid hikers can continue on the trail to explore the rugged Totara Peak Scenic Reserve.
The Warkworth District's Museum showcases the region's pioneer-era roots and is filled with antiques and vintage machinery. It's set in Parry Kauri Park, a protected nature reserve dotted with giant kauri trees, including the ancient McKinney specimen estimated to be around 900 years old.
Swim, sunbathe and peer into tidepools at Snells Beach, a pristine stretch of sand set on the Mahurangi Peninsula. In addition to basking on the sugar-white sand, you can discover the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, an open-air gallery dotted with contemporary sculptures.
The Warkworth town centre is easy to get around on foot, while a rental car is the best way to explore the Mahurangi Peninsula, Matakana Coast Wine Country and Auckland region. Auckland is 45 minutes away by car or an hour by public bus.