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Explore the activities the local area provides to our guests.

We are lucky to be in a location that is close to so many attractions and activities. From walking through our beautiful countryside to sampling local wines, the Kaipara area has a lot to offer.  Here are some of our favourite highlights. Feel free to ask us about any specific activities you’re interested in, as there’s too many to list!

On our own property, we have bush walks on our property so much more.
Wineries and olive groves are nearby, as are markets and other local attractions. Ask us about marae visits.

We are around 20 minutes from Mangawhai and 25 minutes from Mangawhai Heads. These are both popular locations for anyone wanting to mix and mingle with other people.

Kaiwaka township, only a short drive away, has great cafes, a vibrant arts scene and great sporting roots.


30km, 28 minutes away

This large museum is dedicated to thehistory of the Kauri tree in New Zealand. Kauri logging is an important part of New Zealand’s history and this museum, with interesting, interactive displays is a must-see.

Please allow at least a few hours to visit this museum, as there is a lot to see.

16km, 18 minutes away

This museum displays a lot of the local history from around the Kaipara area. It is a great way to learn more about this area which has a rich history, including historic buildings which have been relocated to the museum site.

22km, 21 minutes away

Waipu has a rich history, being a prominent Scottish settlement in new Zealand.

The Museum was built by descendants for the centennial celebrations in 1953. Descendants built the museum in stone to resemble the old Highland crofts which had featured in the landscapes of their homelands.

27km, 24 minutes away

In England, in August 1861, there existed a National Association for Promoting Special Settlements in New Zealand. This probably inspired William Rawson Brame who was the prime mover of the Albertland Settlement.

This museum is a great place to stop on the way to Valley vista from Auckland.

Walks and Hikes

9km return, 2-3 hours

The rugged beauty of New Zealand’s coast unfolds with panoramic views offering spectacular photo opportunities along this walk from the shoreline to the clifftops. It's suitable forchildren and is one of our best short walks.
Opportunity to see passing whales and schools of sharks


33km, 36 minutes away

From the caves, a 2-km walk leads you through a picturesque karst limestone landscape across farmland and regenerating bush to a point where you can take in the magnificent views. Within the entrance to the caves themselves, you will find stalactites, stalagmites and glow worms.

18km, 22 minutes away

The track descends briefly down through bush into the gorge, there are a number of steps.
You cross the Ahuroa River on a concrete slab bridge with 'Rotary 1983' engraved on it (the track was built and upgraded courtesy of Maungaturoto Rotary Club).
A minute or two after crossing the bridge you arrive at the base of the picturesque Piroa Falls.


14km, 15 minutes away

This wonderful market is located at the historic Mangawhai Tavern.

Stalls include everything from plants, to locally-made furniture, to beautiful hand-crafted doughnuts!

25km, 22 minutes away

Another great market, this time in Paparoa. There’s always a good selection of produce, food and more. A little further from Valley Vista, but close to the Matakohe Kauri Museum!

Contact us if you would like more specific information about certain acitivities in the area