A number of popular activities attract visitors to the Kowhai Coast. Take a trip on horseback along the beautiful beaches and through surrounding forests and farmland. Snorkel or dive off the coast or follow the wine trail. See sheep dog displays, try your hand at shearing and explore the old copper mines on Kawau Island, or kayak down the Puhoi River and enjoy a picnic under the trees.
From its award-winning pinot noir and chardonnay to its wild surf beaches, huge kauri trees, grand waterfalls, and thermal springs, it's all here in Waitakere, on Auckland's west coast. Hike the Waitakere Ranges, mountain bike or 4WD through the Woodhill Forest, ride a horse on Muriwai's glittering black iron-rich sands, or simply relax in hot thermal springs. Two hundred kilometres of walking and hiking tracks ensure you won't be bored.
The Hibiscus Coast, a narrow coastal strip incorporating the beautiful protruding peninsula of Whangaparaoa, boasts more than 208 hectares of reserves and golf courses. There's access to 17 safe and sandy beaches plus a multitude of sandy coves, all within easy access of local shops, restaurants, wine bars and cafes.
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