Discover the stunning Rodney/Matakana Coast region

Close to Auckland with the benefits of rural living – find out why Rodney gives you the best of both worlds

Just an hour north of Auckland, the picturesque Rodney coastal region has it all, with an idyllic combination of beaches and bushland, towns and villages, parks and farmland.

With a range of house styles and prices to suit everyone, there’s a perfect home just waiting for you in one of our seven beautiful suburbs.

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Warkworth

Originally named Browns Mill, Warkworth was founded in 1853. Situated on State Highway 1, 64km north of Auckland and 98km south of Whangarei, it hugs the banks of the picturesque Mahurangi River.

Warkworth

Warkworth is steeped in historic charm and home to a delightful range of cafes, shops and restaurants, which all contribute to the relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. Warkworth district is known as the Kowhai coast due to the abundance of native Kowhai trees in the area. Each spring the town holds the week-long Kowhai Festival, which is one of the largest community festivals in New Zealand.

Living in Warkworth means that stunning beaches, vineyards, marine reserves and regional parks are right on your doorstep. Tawharanui Regional Park and Omaha have spectacular beaches for swimming and surfing, as well as beautiful bushwalks ringing with birdsong. Goat Island Marine reserve offers fantastic clear-water snorkelling right off the beach. For a taste of history, you can visit the ruins of the old cement works and swim in the amazing natural waterhole on a hot summer’s day.

Mahurangi East Peninsula

Just a short drive out of Warkworth, the Mahurangi East Peninsula is home to Snells Beach and Algies Bay and is famous for its exceptional wine and food. Alternatively, drop into Brick Bay, with its wine, olives, modern glass architecture and jaw-dropping outdoor sculpture trail.

Mahurangi East Peninsula

If you need to do a spot of shopping, Snell’s Beach has a small shopping centre with all the facilities, and it’s worth stopping long enough to walk along the beach and admire the ancient pohutukawa trees. Other attractions include Highfield Garden Reserve, which boasts incredible views of Kawau Bay, and Scandrett Regional Park, which hosts beaches, abundant birdlife, and historic sites – both European and Maori. There’s also Mahurangi Regional Park and Martins Bay for safe swimming and boating, which offers four camping grounds, stunning walking tracks, and historical Scott Homestead, which has been beautifully restored.

Sandspit

If you’re a keen boatie, then Sandspit might be the spot for you. This small seaside settlement is just seven minutes’ drive from the larger town of Warkworth and oozes coastal charm.

Sandspit

Situated on a peaceful estuary of the Matakana River, Sandspit is a seafarer’s haven. It has a vibrant boating community which dates back to the 1840s and is home to a brand new 131-berth boutique marina. Sandspit is also the gateway to the Hauraki Gulf and Kawau Island, with cruises and water taxis running regularly.

Living in Sandspit puts you close to dozens of beautiful vineyards like Brick Bay, with its famous sculpture trail, Saltings Estate Vineyard and Sandspit Café and the Restaurant at the Yacht Club. You’re also a stone’s throw from local attractions like the Matakana Farmers Market and several spectacular regional parks. Tawharanui Regional Park, Scandrett Regional Park and Mahurangi Scenic Reserve are all within half an hours’ drive.

Matakana

Situated 7km from Warkworth, Matakana has developed a reputation as a foodie’s paradise. It’s nestled among 30 boutique vineyards, olive groves and restaurants and is home to a superb farmers’ market, located in Matakana Village.

Matakana

Every Saturday, the market showcases the very best that the region’s artisans, growers and farmers have to offer. Fresh produce, baking, chocolate, flowers, wine, olive oil, coffee and live music are all there to be enjoyed.

Matakana is an intriguing mix of rustic and modern, where the old and new worlds collide. The population is eclectic, much like the character-filled independent cinema which is furnished with a collection of mismatched couches and chairs. The village is dotted with boutique stores selling fashion, books, health foods, gifts and art, as well as plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants. If you’re after something more mainstream, it’s close enough to Warkworth that all the amenities of a larger town are a mere ten-minute drive away. Or if you want to get right away from it all, the Matakana Coast, stretching from Puhoi to Pakiri, is sprinkled with scenic bays and beautiful views.

Omaha

Omaha’s main drawcard is its spectacular beach, considered one of the best in the greater Auckland region. Originally a settlement of holiday houses, Omaha exploded in popularity in the early 2000’s, as people chose to settle there, building family and executive homes with fantastic coastline views.

Omaha

Omaha’s white sandy beach stretches the entire length of the suburb and out into the adjacent estuary, providing easy access to the seaside from most homes.

If you’re sporty, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Aside from swimming, boating and fishing, Omaha has a popular local golf course that is open to both members and guests. There are also clubs for tennis, bowls, surf lifesaving, paddle boarding and even card players.
All the facilities of Warkworth are less than twenty minutes’ drive away, and if you need to get down to the big smoke, you can make it to Auckland in an hour.

Mangawhai

If you’re looking to get a little further out of the city, then Mangawhai could be a great option. Perched on the east coast of Northland, it’s about an 80-minute drive from Auckland and a 60-minute drive to Whangarei.

Mangawhai

Mangawhai is famous for its surf beaches but also offers safe swimming waters in the harbour and estuary. It has wonderful coastal walking trails and holds an annual walking weekend. It’s a popular location for artists, and much of their work can be viewed at the local gallery or during the Mangawhai Art Trail. Mangawhai is also home to many amazing food and wine producers, including Bennett’s Chocolates and no less than four olive oil brands. You can check out a whole range of art and produce at the weekly Mangawhai Village Market.

Options for outdoor activities include an 18-hole golf course which welcomes both members and visitors, year-round surfing and paddle boarding lessons, kayaking, fishing, and much more.

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