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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Auckland Region > Kowhai Coast > Warkworth


This charming village of 3300 is the hub of the Kowhai Coast, and a popular getaway for Aucklanders, but still isn’t a major stop on the international tourist trail. It’s got some historical architecture and attractions, numerous cafes and galleries, and a nice riverbank walkway along the Mahurangi River. Warkworth is a good base for exploring the Kowhai Coast and the developing wine industry around nearby Matakana.

Practical information

Warkworth i-SITE Visitor Centre

1 Baxter Street, Warkworth
Tel (09) 425 9081
Website www.warkworthnz.com
Open Mon-Fri8.30am-5.15pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm

Hostel accommodation

Sheepworld Caravan Park

State Highway 1, Warkworth
Tel (09) 425 9962

Sights & activities

Sheep World

This tourist attraction features sheep shearing demonstrations and hands-on farm themed activities however you can get a more genuine farm experience by simply staying in a farm hostel.

324 State Highway 1, Warkworth
Tel (09) 425 7444
Website www.sheepworldnz.com
Admission $9; $18.50 including show
Open 9am-5pm daily

Warkworth & District Museum

This small museum has exhibits of local history. It features a number of restored buildings including the old Warkworth prision.

Tudor Collins Drive, Warkworth
Tel (09) 425 7093
Website www.wwmuseum.orcon.net.nz
Admission $6
Open summer 9am-4pm daily; winter 9am-3.30pm daily

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