Lynette’s guidebook to Clarks Beach/Waiau Pa

Lynette
Lynette’s guidebook to Clarks Beach/Waiau Pa

Sightseeing

Sightseeing suggestions in the local area
Top of the list is a trip to the historical Manukau Heads Lighthouse, jutting out from the tip of the peninsula, located in the Franklin district. The lighthouse is one of only a few in New Zealand that are open to the public and the views are amazing. The wind and salt spray will clear out the cobwebs too. On your way to the peninsula, stop by Waiuku, a historic town on the Sunset Coast. Don't miss The Kentish Hotel, New Zealand's Longest Running Hotel for a drink or dinner and enjoy a view of the estuary. Explore the tranquil bays and rolling pastures of Awhitu Regional Park on one of the short walks and mountain bike trails, or relax with a swim and a picnic at one of the safe, white-sand beaches. On the western side, the expansive and more rugged black-sand beach of Karioitahi is an awesome spot for activities on and off the water, including hang gliding, paragliding, blo-karting, surfing, 4 wheel driving and more. Time to slow down the pace. Sip on wine at a boutique cliff-top vineyard with spectacular harbour views, or browse the bustling Awhitu Country Markets, held on the last Sunday of every month. Pick up fresh organic produce, oils and preserves, plus arts and health and beauty products.
Manukau Heads
Top of the list is a trip to the historical Manukau Heads Lighthouse, jutting out from the tip of the peninsula, located in the Franklin district. The lighthouse is one of only a few in New Zealand that are open to the public and the views are amazing. The wind and salt spray will clear out the cobwebs too. On your way to the peninsula, stop by Waiuku, a historic town on the Sunset Coast. Don't miss The Kentish Hotel, New Zealand's Longest Running Hotel for a drink or dinner and enjoy a view of the estuary. Explore the tranquil bays and rolling pastures of Awhitu Regional Park on one of the short walks and mountain bike trails, or relax with a swim and a picnic at one of the safe, white-sand beaches. On the western side, the expansive and more rugged black-sand beach of Karioitahi is an awesome spot for activities on and off the water, including hang gliding, paragliding, blo-karting, surfing, 4 wheel driving and more. Time to slow down the pace. Sip on wine at a boutique cliff-top vineyard with spectacular harbour views, or browse the bustling Awhitu Country Markets, held on the last Sunday of every month. Pick up fresh organic produce, oils and preserves, plus arts and health and beauty products.
Manukau Heads Lighthouse is located atop Awhitu Peninsula on the south side of the Manukau Heads. Gates are open 9am to 5pm daily and entry to the lighthouse is by donation. You will find a donation box just inside the lighthouse under the stairs. Manukau Heads Lighthouse Auckland, New Zealand Skip to content HomeContacts Guided Tours Hireage Archive Facts Keepers Rescue & Restoration Glossary Environment Explore Connect Links Previous Next One of few visitor-accessible lighthouses in New Zealand. From the car park 120 easy stairs bring you to the Lighthouse and the Signal Station lookout. The iconic wooden lighthouse tower can be entered to view the prisms of the original 3rd order dioptric drum lens. Breathtaking Views: Stroll around the Lightkeeper’s balcony just as he would have done nearly 140 years ago. Few other New Zealand lighthouses reward visitors with such an authentic experience. Lighthouse and adjacent Signal Station command wide views of the mighty Manukau Bar, Paratutae (site of the first signal station), Auckland’s sub-tropical Waitakere Ranges, Auckland City and the whole of lake-like Manukau Harbour. Mount Taranaki (2518 m) frequently clears clouds to the south Follow signs to Waiuku. From there it is 45 minutes drive on sealed roads following signs to Manukau Heads and Lighthouse.
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Manukau Heads Lighthouse
759 Manukau Heads Rd
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Manukau Heads Lighthouse is located atop Awhitu Peninsula on the south side of the Manukau Heads. Gates are open 9am to 5pm daily and entry to the lighthouse is by donation. You will find a donation box just inside the lighthouse under the stairs. Manukau Heads Lighthouse Auckland, New Zealand Skip to content HomeContacts Guided Tours Hireage Archive Facts Keepers Rescue & Restoration Glossary Environment Explore Connect Links Previous Next One of few visitor-accessible lighthouses in New Zealand. From the car park 120 easy stairs bring you to the Lighthouse and the Signal Station lookout. The iconic wooden lighthouse tower can be entered to view the prisms of the original 3rd order dioptric drum lens. Breathtaking Views: Stroll around the Lightkeeper’s balcony just as he would have done nearly 140 years ago. Few other New Zealand lighthouses reward visitors with such an authentic experience. Lighthouse and adjacent Signal Station command wide views of the mighty Manukau Bar, Paratutae (site of the first signal station), Auckland’s sub-tropical Waitakere Ranges, Auckland City and the whole of lake-like Manukau Harbour. Mount Taranaki (2518 m) frequently clears clouds to the south Follow signs to Waiuku. From there it is 45 minutes drive on sealed roads following signs to Manukau Heads and Lighthouse.

Food scene

Good local contemporary restaurant & bar Great menu and reasonably priced 8 Seaway Rd, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-232 0405
Great little takeaway shop Good fish, chips & burgers! Must try the crumbed scallops! They are divine!!! Can sit in or takeaway 6 Seaway Road, Clarks Beach, Auckland Monday to Friday 4pm – 8:30pm Sat/Sun 12noon – 8:30pm Phone: 09 2321531
Chin Wags Restaurant
8 Seaway Rd
Great little takeaway shop Good fish, chips & burgers! Must try the crumbed scallops! They are divine!!! Can sit in or takeaway 6 Seaway Road, Clarks Beach, Auckland Monday to Friday 4pm – 8:30pm Sat/Sun 12noon – 8:30pm Phone: 09 2321531
Clarks Beach Takeaways
6 Seaway Rd

Beaches & Reserves

Clarks Beach is a pristine small coastal town within the Auckland region nestled on the shores of the Manukau Harbour. Clarks Beach sits on a peninsular bordered by the harbour on one side and the mouth of the Waiuku River on the other. Sandy and with a lovely playground for kids Great for fishing!
Karioitahi Beach is a black sand beach located in the southwest of the Auckland region, on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is a rugged and windswept environment, often used for beach activities such as surfing, fishing, horse riding, off-road motorcycling and, most notably, paragliding.
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Karioitahi Beach
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Karioitahi Beach is a black sand beach located in the southwest of the Auckland region, on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is a rugged and windswept environment, often used for beach activities such as surfing, fishing, horse riding, off-road motorcycling and, most notably, paragliding.
Clarks Beach