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unwind and Explore: a day tripper's guide to the Mahurangi peninsula

Just an hour north of Auckland's bustling energy lies a haven of turquoise waters, rolling hills, and hidden gems – the Mahurangi Peninsula.

You’ll find the peninsula along the road from Warkworth, Matakana, Snells Beach and Algies Bay, nestled between the Mahurangi Harbour and Kawau Bay. This picturesque escape offers a taste of everything from serene beaches and charming villages to thrilling adventures and rich history.

Mahurangi - a Stone's throw from the city

Forget epic road trips and traffic jams. The Mahurangi Peninsula is a mere 60-kilometer drive from Auckland's Harbour Bridge, easily accessible via State Highway 1 and Sandspit Road. And it’s even faster to get there with the new toll road. Popular neighbouring destinations like Warkworth (15 minutes) and Matakana (25 minutes) add to the peninsula's appeal, offering diverse experiences within a short distance. If you need transport, contact Mai Ride

a Treasure trove of activities for everyone

Whether you're a family seeking adventure, a couple craving romance, or a group of friends looking for thrills, the Mahurangi Peninsula has something for everyone.

NATURE LOVERS: On your way up to Mahurangi, stop at Puhoi for a spot of Kayaking along the river.

Wander through Scandrett Regional Park at the northeast tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula. Enjoy the walking trails with access to beaches, forests, and historical farm buildings. Walk the Kauri forest boardwalk behind the Warkworth Museum. Visit the old Winstone Cement Works in Warkworth. Picnic, swim, and explore the many regional parks and scenic reserves in and around the area.

BEACH GOERS: Snells Beach is beautiful sandy beach - perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles. It's sheltered from the wind and waves, making it ideal for families with young children.

THRILL SEEKERS: Dive into the underwater world of Goat Island Marine Reserve, renowned for its vibrant marine life, or conquer the waves at Pākiri Beach, a surfer's paradise.

ART LOVERS: Walk the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail at Snells Beach. This unique trail winds through native bush and farmland, showcasing a diverse collection of contemporary sculptures. Enjoy the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and thought-provoking art - and a bite to eat at the restaurant.

CAFE CULTURE: Wander through Matakana Village: This charming village has a relaxed atmosphere and is home to a variety of art galleries, cafes, and shops. Browse the local crafts, enjoy a coffee in the sunshine, and soak up the village vibe.

Here’s your perfect day out in and around the Mahurangi Peninsular.

a day out with young children

Start the day with a discovery adventure at the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, spotting quirky artworks hidden amongst the native bush and farmland. Visit the historic Scotts House at Scotts Landing. Or feed the donkeys at the Donkey Park in Snells Beach.

Then drive down to Scott's Point and settle in for a fun, hands-on, delicious midday oyster farm tour. Learn about sustainable oyster farming practices, witness the harvesting process, and, most importantly, savour the freshest oysters straight from the source. On the way home, stop off at Snells Beach to build sandcastles, collect seashells on the sheltered shores, and cool off with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters.

a romantic day Out for two

Start your day with a leisurely brunch at a Matakana Village cafe, then browse the intimate art galleries and stores and find the perfect treasure, souvenir or gift.

Wander around the Matakana Village Market on Saturday morning before heading south for a short, scenic 20-minute drive to arrive at Scott's Point - and prepare for a romantic oyster-fuelled experience. The noon tour will unveil the secrets of oyster farming, followed by a delightful tasting overlooking the picturesque harbour. Savour the goodness with your loved one and create lasting memories.

Then head back up the Mahurangi Peninsula and pamper yourselves with a spa treatment at one of the local retreats, followed by a hand-in-hand stroll along the stunning Ōmaha Spit, soaking in the coastal panoramas.

adventurous Escapades

Get started early with a spot of mountain biking in the hills around Warkworth. Arborland, north of Warkworth, is definitely for the advanced rider. Leave yourself time to head south for the 12 p.m. shucking and fresh oyster farm tour at Scott’s Landing. Refuel your muscles with the amazing fresh oyster feed included in the tour before stopping to explore Mahurangi Scenic Reserve.

No matter your travel style, the Mahurangi Peninsula offers a day trip packed with adventure, relaxation, and of course, fresh, delicious oysters.

So, grab your sunscreen, pack your sense of wonder, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in this picturesque corner of New Zealand.