Local Attractions

Local Attractions

Bayview - Local Attractions - waterski
Hauraki Adventures www.hauraki-adventures.co.nz
Flying Forwards www.flyingforwards.co.nz
Bird Watchers www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz
Marine Reserves / Walkways www.doc.govt.nz
Winetrails www.matakanawine.com
Kayak www.puhoirivercanoes.co.nz
Ski www.snowplanet.co.nz
Hot Pools and Spa www.waiwera.co.nz
Unique experiences in amazing places www.exploregroup.co.nz
NZ Snow Life www.snowlife.co.nz/accommodation.php

Fishing off our beautiful Whangaparaoa shores is a great pastime for both Arnold and Steven. Check out the websites listed above for sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving etc.

Bayview - Local Attractions - fishing

DIY picnic - Each of our bedrooms is equipped with a cool bag and picnic rug. Buy delicious rolls, sandwiches, pies, etc from Manly Bakery (just across the road) and enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch at one of Whangaparaoa’s spectacular pristine beaches or regional parks .

Take-Aways - Manly village has a variety of takeaway outlets.  The favourites being fish and chips "and roast dinners".  We are happy for you to enjoy your meal either in our dining area or al fresco overlooking the bay.

New Zealand has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else and we have 3 of them within 10 minutes of Bayview

These three golf courses are typical of New Zealand courses in so much as they are extremely well maintained and, unlike many courses in other countries, green fee players are always welcome with good tee off times readily available.

Home of the New Zealand Golf Open in 2005 and again in November 2006. It is a stunning but challenging course.
The last 9 holes are played along cliff tops with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf taking in the islands and onwards to Auckland. If you are a Senior it is recommended hiring a golf buggy for at least the back 9 holes.

Bayview - Local Attractions - Golf


This is an inland course, immaculately maintained with a good reputation within the local golfing fraternity.


This golf course is adjacent to Gulf Harbour so has many of the same stunning views. Less challenging than Gulf Harbour, this is a very enjoyable round of golf.

At the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Shakespear Regional Park has sheltered bays, pastureland, regenerating native forest, cliffs and a lookout with spectacular views. In one direction take in the Auckland cityscape and in another an idyllic panorama of the Hauraki Gulf and outlying islands.
 Bayview - Local Attractions - shakespear regional park

The park is a great place for all kinds of water sports including fishing, windsurfing, snorkelling and diving (around the wreck of the SS Wainui at the western end of Te Haruhi Bay).

1-3 hours walk (Take a Shakespear Regional Park brochure from our front door desk)

This walk is ideal for guests arriving mid afternoon who are eager to explore the beautiful Hibiscus Coast straight away. This walk could be described as a micro view of New Zealand.

Drive 10 mins almost to the end of the peninsula and park in the first carpark, follow the Heritage Trail. Take in Waterfall Gully and it is here that you may see and hear your first Tui. Look for the distinctive black and white plumage, you may also see and hear a Bell Bird. This is a cool, tranquil walk through the bush followed by an upward stroll through fields (a little steep) to one of the park’s highlights.

A 360 degree view of the magnificent Hauraki Gulf, Auckland’s skyline and the islands of the Gulf. This view is breathtaking. From here you can walk on down to the Te Haruhi Bay (upper right) with its resident peacocks. Suggest you bear right back to the carpark and drive to the Bay.


Day trip leaves Gulf Harbour 9.50am and returns approx 4 pm

  • No special clothing required for this trip just sensible shoes or sandals, sunblock and hat
  • Just an 8 minute drive from Bayview and a 25 min ferry ride takes you to another world.
  • The peace and tranquillity is evident as soon as you step off the ferry
  • Tiri is called “The Singing Island” – just close your eyes and listen

On arrival at Tiri you’re given a short introductory talk and split into groups for the guided walk ($5 extra). (The guided walk is given by volunteers and the $5 goes towards maintaining the island). It is recommended that you have the guided walk to learn about Tiri and its birdlife. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about Tiri. Any extra bags that you do not require until lunchtime can be transported to the gift shop up near the lighthouse and will be waiting for you on your arrival to have your picnic lunch.

The birds are everywhere and usually the first of the endangered species that you see are the Brown Teal – so many Tuis and a thrill to see them close up with distinctive black and white plumage and the Bellbird has such a big voice for a little bird. The birds are tame as they are unafraid – all predators have been eradicated from the island and it is truly a sanctuary.

The guided walk lasts over an hour through flora and fauna which is also explained by the guides. The gift shop is run by supporters of Tiri and has an interesting selection of goods. Tea and coffee is complimentary and soft drinks and water available to buy. No food is available on the island so a picnic lunch (from Manly Bakery) is ideal.

The day Carolyn visited the island with her sister, Ann, and nieces, Vicky & Tracy, they spread their lovely lunch that Ann and her daughters had prepared on a grassy slope below the gift shop. They were relaxing and enjoying it when someone from further up the slope called out “look out – here comes Greg”. (They’d been warned about Greg, a cheeky Takahe during the introductory talk and told he’d be waiting for them all up near the lighthouse and were instructed not to feed him as picnic food wasn’t good for him).

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They looked back and saw Greg racing down the slope towards them with his “carer” running alongside trying to ward him off with her cap but Greg charged through their picnic causing havoc, upset their bowl of chicken, put his foot in Tracy’s cup of coffee, grabbed a piece of date loaf and ran into a nearby bush with his back facing his carer so she couldn’t take the forbidden cake off him.

You can picnic anywhere on the island and many people head off to the beach to relax. It’s good to explore around the lighthouse and walk slowly back to the ferry via the beach and peek into the penquin nesting boxes on the way.

We think we are extremely lucky to have so many dedicated people to conserve this wonderful island and how lucky it is to have Tiri on our doorstep on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. This is a “must do” outing for anyone visiting Whangaparaoa or Auckland – it is highly recommended. More details on how to reach Tiritiri Matangi Island on the Kawau Kat:


Bayview - Local Attractions sailing SELECTION OF LOCAL SAILING ADVENTURES
Charters for Fish, Dive & Cruises – Great Barrier Island – Bay of Islands – Coromandel

(Available at Gulf Harbour)

New Zealand Trivia
New Zealand has a longer coastline than Australia – hard to believe but true.

Half or full day trips

Drive north through Orewa and in 10 minutes you’ll be at Waiwera Thermal Resort. Fun for both young and old with 26 indoor and outdoor, naturally heated hot, warm and cool pools – one has a film running throughout the day/night. If you’re still feeling stressed after that long flight or those long car journeys, check out Waiwera Spa-Massage, Private spas, Hydrotherapy – all designed to totally relax and unwind you.


Drive north up the hill from Waiwera, turn right into Wenderholm Regional Park – Cradled by the Puhoi and Waiwera rivers, Wenderholm was the first Auckland regional park and remains one of the most beautiful. Its forested headland, rich in native birdlife is one of Auckland’s finest examples. The historic Couldrey House sits in beautiful serene grounds and a carved pouwhenua nearby welcomes visitors to Wenderholm (meaning Winter Home). There are ample sheltered grounds for picnics, camping and games and the fine swimming beach draws the summer crowds – explore and discover plants, animals, birds, history, paddle a canoe up to Puhoi........

Ten minutes north of Wenderholm Regional Park, turn left to historic Puhoi. A pretty village originally settled by Bohemians and steeped in history. The museum is open between Christmas and Easter every day 1pm-4pm. Also check out the historic Puhoi pub – if the tide is right try the Puhoi River Canoe Hire and paddle down to Wenderholm Regional Park

Travel on through the village in time for morning tea/luncheon/afternoon tea at the famous Puhoi Cheese Factory.

They have a viewing window through to the cheesery so you can often see the cheese being made. Sometimes there’s a free Jazz band playing.......

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From Puhoi head back to the main road and carry on north to Warkworth, another pretty town sitting on a river with a variety of shops and restaurants. Walk along the river boardwalk and view the restored Jane Gifford sailing ship that is moored in the river.
Turn right from Warkworth and head for the coast. Points of interest:

Heading back to Whangaparaoa and just past Warkworth, check out Kauri Parry park home the Warkworth Museum. Interesting displays from yesteryear. Take time for the bush walk to view majestic Kauri trees that have been growing for thousands of years.


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(Saturday Mornings only)


Tongue Farm Road Matakana
Free tour daily at 11.30am (except public holidays) – watch local artists at work
Traditionally crafted from the iron-rich clay sourced from the banks of the Matakana river.


Amid oyster farms, potteries, orchards and market garden. The vineyards are draped across the hills near Warkworth


Glass Bottom Boat – New Zealand’s first marine reserve: Goat Island. See the ocean bottom usually with abundant marine life, each trip is different and you can reasonably expect to see many varieties
( Leigh TakeAways – a splendid Fish & Chip shop)

Bayview - Local Attractions - brickbay winery BRICK BAY SCULPTURE TRAIL & WINERY
Set in Matakana wine region, 30 minutes drive north of Bayview, a fascinating walk showcasing contemporary sculpture. www.brickbay.co.nz


Half or full day trip

Travel 45 minutes west and you reach a windswept rugged black sand coastline and 60km of surf beach, backed by rolling sand dunes that characterizes Muriwai Beach (picture right). Unlike the Hibiscus Coast, on the eastern coast with its white sandy, safe swimming beaches, this windswept coastline is often wild and windy but has an awe of its own.  Bayview - Local Attractions - muriwai beach gannets

Swim only between the flags as the currents and surf can be very strong and dangerous.

Enjoy the native bush, picnic & bbq areas and walking tracks. Here too is one of New Zealand’s two mainland Gannet Colonies with two viewing platforms provided overlooking in close proximity the directly below colony. The Gannets are in residence from July onwards for several months.

December is an exciting time when the chicks are born and clamour for food, busy parents dive for fish to feed their hungry offspring. The beach cafe has tasty takeaways – order from the TakeAway window or if you want a restaurant meal go through the doors to the dining room counter.

Drive back to State Highway 16 and you are in wine country with many wineries such as Matua Valley and Coopers Creek. Bees on Line is also worth a visit as the name suggests a “honey” of a place.


Bayview is 42 ks north of Auckland so ideally placed to explore Auckland city. We now have a wonderful Park and Ride that is situated 15 mins down the motorway, turn off at Oteha Valley road. Buses run throughout the day and evening at 15 min intervals and take you right to downtown Auckland, or park your car at Devonport and catch a ferry across the harbour to the bottom of Queen Street. Once in Auckland there’s a free bus for the inner city where you can check out the Sky Tower for panoramic views of Auckland, even jump off it if you’re a thrill seeker.

 Bayview - Local Attractions - auckland queen street

Shop till you drop in Queen Street. High Street runs parallel to Queen Street where you can find exclusive NZ designers and the more unusual shops and galleries.

There’s a Hop On Hop Off stage bus that will take you further afield. A good starting point is the Sky Tower, they have a good information site here and you can take a ride to Kelly Tarltons Underweater World and Antarctic Encounter.

If you have time visit Parnell – it has a village atmosphere and once again has a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Also Check Out:

Maritime Museum – Viaduct Basin

Auckland Museum

Auckland’s Dolphin & Whale Safari leaves the Viaduct Basin at 11 am daily. Dolphins, Whales, Gannets Feeding Frenzy. Once again use the Park & Ride to access this trip.

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