Warkworth is a town of about three thousand people in the north of the North Island, ninety kilometres north of Auckland. It sits at the head of the Mahurangi Harbour.
This section of the country is known as the Kowhai Coast, and every October Warkworth hosts a Kowhai Festival, which includes a street festival and raft race.
Just offshore from Warkworth is the Goat Island Marine Reserve. Its abundant sea life makes it hugely popular with scuba divers and snorkelers. The clear still seas are also great for kayakers and canoeists.
Nearby Pakiri Beach offers horse treks for all levels of experience, in the bush and over farms as well as along the white sand beaches.
Ti Point Reptile Park, surrounded by native bush, is home to many species of reptiles, both native and exotic, including crocodiles.
The Brick Bay Sculpture Trail at nearby Brick Bay Vineyard is a fascinating outdoor gallery, with sculptures dotted along a two kilometre winding path through bush and across pastures.