Several excellent cafes and restaurants are now open at the weekends attracting visitors from out of the city to relax, indulge and enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner as part of a family day out in Waiuku and it’s numerous neighbouring attractions, including the stunning West Coast blacksand beach of Karioitahi, only 8 minutes from the town centre. A great place for family adventures
A “veggie and craft” market runs on the first and 3rd Saturday of each month (9-2) and access to fuel, digital and film processing, two supermarkets, public conveniences, pharmacy needs and ATM machines are all readily available.
For those of you who want to come back on a more permanent basis and enjoy the enviable lifestyle that Franklin region offers the major real estate agencies are also represented in town listing a vast range of properties, including many lifestyle properties.
Local Beaches Made with Xara Web Designer Website Design & Photography proudly sponsored by Ian Booker Photography & Web Design Bridle Trail at Karioitahi Beach Sandspit Beach Brooks Beach high tide ramp – toilets – changing rooms – bar-b-q – picnic areas – fresh water – no dogs Big Bay sandy beach – toilets – changing rooms Clark’s Beach all tide ramp – night lights – toilets – changing facilities – picnic area – store nearby Elbow Reserve high tide ramp – toilets – sandy beach – ski lane marked Glenbrook Bch. high tide ramp – toilets – picnic area – ski lane Graham’s Beach sand ramp at high tide – toilets – changing facilities – childrens playground – fresh water Hood’s Landing metal ramp – access to river – toilets – take care of fast flowing currents Hudsons Beach sand ramp at high tide – toilets – changing facilities – childrens playground – fresh water Kariotahi seasonal Surf Life Saving Patrol – toilets – changing facilities – Para Gliding – restaurant Orua Bay natural sand ramp at high tide – camping ground and store Pollock toilets – changing facilities – fresh water Sandspit Beach short boat ramp – safe beach – childrens playground – yachting – store – toilets Te Toro all tides ramp- night lights – emergency ph. – tables – playground – ski lane – toilet – fresh water Wattle Bay sandy beach Waitangi Falls popular swimming and picnic spot at the end of Waitangi Falls Road
A stroll around Waiuku will reveal much more including it’s waterfront Tamakae Reserve, home to a fascinating Waiuku Museum crammed full of everything from old sailing boats and historic photographs to the earliest mobile phones the size of shoe boxes – a real treasure trove for all ages and a bargain at $2 to enter!..
Elsie Locke, then named Elsie Violet Farrelly, was born in Waiuku, New Zealand on 17 August 1912. She attended Waiuku District High School from 1925 until 1929, where she was the sole student in her class during her final two years. She was widely known as a peace activist and historian but she was also a groundbreaking and successful author of children’s literature. Her literary reputation rests primarily on her historical novels set in New Zealand’s colonial past, many of which have been reprinted.
Attending university during the Depression, she associated with many of New Zealand’s emerging literary figures. She also became a socialist because of her experiences and observations of poverty at this time. Her son is Keith Locke, a Green Party MP. David Aspin competed in the freestyle wrestling discipline, and was the 1974 Commonwealth Games champion and 1970 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, in the middleweight category. He was also New Zealand’s flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 1972 Summer Olympics, in Munich, and of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
Maynard, CB, AFC, Legion of Merit (US); RAF (retd.); England; was born in Waiuku,on 1 May 1893. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915 and served in France and United Kingdom in First World War in RNAS and RAF. He was AOC RAF, Mediterranean, 26 Jan 1940-1 Jun 1941; Air Officer in Charge of Administration, RAF Coastal Command, 1941–44; AOC No. 19 Group, Coastal Command, 1944–45.
One of the founders of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Waiuku in the 19th century was Captain Sir John Makgill, who had a large land holding locally. His wife was Margaret Isabella Haldane, sister of Lord Haldane, and their son was George Makgill who returned to Britain to be 11th Baronet of Makgill. Waiuku is the hometown of Stumpy Holmes, a national rally car driver
Glenbrook Vintage Railway Address: Glenbrook Station Road, Glenbrook Hours: From Labour Weekend through to Queen?s Birthday on Sundays and most public holidays Contact: The GVR Volunteers Phone: 09 236 3456 Fax: 09 625 4057 Website: http://www.railfan.org.nz/ A rail enthusiasts? heaven!
Hop aboard lovingly restored and maintained steam engines for a journey into yesteryear. Situated in the picturesque Franklin countryside on Glenbrook Station Road, (about 9km from Waiuku), the railway operates from Labour Weekend through to Queen?s Birthday on Sundays and most public holidays. Step back in time with a 12km return trip in vintage carriages behind a genuine steam locomotive. Picnic area, refreshments available.
Facilities for people with a disability. Open 11am – 4pm from Labour weekend to Queens Birthday weekend on Sundays, holidays and Christmas Holidays
BHP NZ Steel (Site Tours) 5km Glenbrook Vintage Railway (GVR) 6km Karioitahi Beach 8km Patumahoe (Water Lilly Gardens) 11km Waiuku Forest 13km Pukekohe 20km Drury S.H.1. (on/off ramp) 25km Tuakau 27km Awhitu Regional Park 35km Grahams Beach 38km Manukau Heads (Signal Station) 41km Manukau City 42km Auckland 63km Hamilton 108km Sydney 2,154km Singapore 8,422km Vladivostok 9,923km Vancouver 11,383km Cape Town 11,722km North Pole (for Santa at Parade time) 11,804km Bombay (Mumbai) 12,293km New York 14,205km London 18,367km
Address: 13 King St, Waiuku Postal Address: 13 King St, Waiuku Hours: Open Saturday & Sunday 1.30pm – 4pm , and by arrangement. ‘Wednesday, 10am-12 Phone: 09 235 8698 Pioneer Museum with permanent displays and changing exhibitions of local history. Assistance with historical or genealogy research.
Extensive collection of districts pioneer history. Archival, family research service offered. Open by appointment fo individuals, school groups and tour parties