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This is the ancestral land of Ngāti Te Ata and Ngāti Kahukōkā, who occupied Awhitū Peninsula prior to European’s arrival. The peninsula offered rich food sources from its dense vegetation, wetlands and access to Manukau Harbour and the Tasman Sea. There is a significant pā between two dune lakes on the western edge of the peninsula.
On the western side of the peninsula, check out Hamilton's Gap for huge dunes and unspoiled views of the black-sanded coast. Watch a magical sunset at the cliff-facing Karioitahi Beach – a popular spot for four-wheel driving, paragliding, surfing and fishing. You can also find epic views of the rugged coast from Castaways, a popular resort with chalets, glamping and an on-site restaurant.
Before or after your visit, stop by Waiuku for views of the estuary and rural charm. Grab a drink or dinner at the Kentish Hotel, New Zealand’s oldest continuous-licensed hotel, or take a nostalgic journey on a steam train run by Glenbrook Vintage Railway, which runs to Waiuku and back.
Location Te wāhi
ĀwhituPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
It is around an hour’s drive from the city to Waiuku, the last town before the regional park. It is another 30-40 minutes to the top of Āwhitu Peninsula.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
The peninsula is 50km long and largely remote, so come prepared with water, snacks and a full tank of petrol.