Franklin Businesses
Orua Bird Park
The Art Farm

A Touch of New Zealand   
Situated just 20 minutes from the Drury off-ramp of New Zealand's Auckland Southern motorway (S.H.1), visitors may sail a scow, take a ride on a beautifully restored steam train, visit a farm park or heritage sites, take a leisurely stroll through many gardens  (including waterlily gardens), fish in some of the sheltered bays of the Manukau Harbour or take time out to try a spot of trout fishing on one of three local fresh water lakes. You can picnic in the beautiful Waiuku Pine Forest or visit the Kentish Hotel in lower Queen St, which is reputed to be New Zealand's oldest continuously licenced hotel. The Tasman sea, Manukau Harbour and Auckland City can be viewed from the Signal Station or you can take a guided tour through the BHP Steel Mill Plant at Glenbrook.
These are just a few of the many diverse attractions in and around Waiuku.
  More details can always be obtained at the Waiuku Information Center  
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Visitor Information Centre
Phone/Fax 09 235 8924 Open - every day of the year
except Christmas Day
For helpful advice on;
Attractions * Community Events Diary
Tourist Accommodation Booking Service
Secretarial Service * Typing * Photocopying

Waiuku Museum & Pioneer Folk Park

Situated on the Tamakae Reserve Historical Park in Waiuku adjacent to the Fire Station. This unique museum, opened since 1965, offers a fascinating and varied insight into the early Pioneer History of the Waiuku Region in the heart of the Franklin District.

From the Maori Land Wars of the 1860´s and the evolution of early 19th Century river and sea trade which played such a central role in the development of trade between the Waikato and Auckland Regions.
Permanent exhibitions and constantly evolving displays of local history.
Programmes for school groups and specialised assistance with genealogical and historical research.
Souvenirs and books for sale
Museum Hours
Weekends - 1.30 - 4.00 pm
Also Public & Statuory Holidays
Weekdays by arrangement
Phone 09 235 8698
  After hours - 09 235 8698
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The Glenbrook Vintage Railway

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway is a heritage railway, operating steam locomotive hauled vintage passenger trains on nostalgic 12 km return trips through beautiful rural countryside, near Waiuku.
The Railway operates on Sundays and most Public holidays, from Labour Weekend (late October) to Queens Birthday Weekend (early June) inclusive. Trains run hourly from Glenbrook Station, 11am to 4pm. The return trip takes approximately 45 minutes, including a stop at the Workshops, to view restoration work in progress.
The Glenbrook Station complex includes a large free parking area, refreshment rooms, souvenir shop, toilets (incl. wheelchair access), picnic area and childrens play area, motor jigger and hand jigger rides. Also adjacent to the station, is the Glenbrook Farm Park (small entry charge).

To reach the G.V.R., take the Drury off-ramp from Auckland's Southern Motorway and follow the main Pukekohe Road for 7 km. Turn right at the Caltex Service Station and follow this main Waiuku Road for a further 13 km, before turning left into Glenbrook Station Road (signposted).
Phone 09 636 9361   or   09 236 3546 (operating days)
  More information may be found at The Glenbrook Vintage Rail Page
Glenbrook Vintage Train
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Hartmann House

Hartmann House Waiuku's Hartmann House Handcrafts is a very popular place to visit for a variety of original gifts and crafts. Many leading New Zealand people supply the old cottage with everything from pottery to glassware, paintings to knitware, silk to mohair and weaving to woodturning. Enjoy the warm welcome and period atmosphere of this colonial cottage, situated on the Waiuku Estuary.

Open daily - 10 am to 4 pm
King St, Waiuku
Phone 09 235 8533
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Beaches, Boat Ramps & Facilities

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

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Orua Bay Bird Park

Aviaries with a wide variety of Exotic Birds set in parklike surroundings.

North of Waiuku on the beautiful Awhitu Peninsula
 * Teas and light lunches served at the Bird Cage Tearooms
 * Ample parking
 * Full toilet facilities
 * Open weekends, holidays and by appointment
 * Phone 09 235 1036
Orua Bay

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The Art Farm

Art Farm The Awhitu Peninsula, Auckland's best kept secret, is rapidly becoming an artist's colony with many interesting local workshops and galleries to visit. Here in sheltered Orua Bay, where Maori once beached their canoes,  (subsequently the site of the first Christian Mission in this part of New Zealand), the Art Farm now offers personalised courses in all aspects of ceramics and painting.
Well known New Zealand potter and artist James Robb offers accommodation on site and the opportunity to create art and enjoy outdoor activities in this beautiful, natural environment. The proximity of the wild West Coast is a dramatic contrast with the tranquil inner harbour - this meeting of the opposites is a feature of the experimental watercolour and ceramic techniques James introduces to his students, many of whom have never touched a paintbrush or clay before.
Enquiries to
    James Robb,
    The Art Farm,
    Orua Bay,
    R.D.4, Waiuku.
    Phone 09 2351383