Waiuku

Waiuku is the entry town for visiting the southern peninsula of the Manukau Harbour. The Manukau Heads and lighthouse are scenic points that should be visited.

Waiuku is another of those places that is rich in history and with a number of old buildings that testify a colourful and noisy past made up much of Waiuku’s culture.

A museum that opens on weekends and selected days gives an informative background on the early maritime history of the town.

The town is located at the southern end of the Waiuku River and is 40 kilometres southwest of Auckland, and is now for many residents a commute to their place of work.

Waiuku came into existence as a port in about 1843, on the then important trade route between Auckland and the agricultural area of the surrounding regions. Waiuku was marked out by the Government as a town in 1851.

The local Hotel and we quote from the website “The Kentish is New Zealand's longest continuously licenced hotel. It was built by one of the first European settlers in Waiuku, Edward Constable, as an inn in 1851. His presence can still be felt in the name of the pub (he was from Kent), and the street behind it - Constable Road. The Kentish, with its ornate verandahs, provides a historical centre point to the town and the nearby Tamakae Reserve.”

 

 One of the nicest caravan Parks was at Oroa Bay, just near the Manukau Heads

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course