The SpaceYour hosts, Chris & Sabine, established their orchard and organic veggie gardens some 20 years ago. On their 2500m2 property, they keep chickens and ducks, there are ponds and beehives, and a flock of sheep next door. There are loads of tuis and fantails (piwakawaka) and some visiting wood pigeons (kereru), rosella and kaka.
Your host's home is made entirely from macrocarpa harvested off the property. Chris & Sabine's lifestyle can be described as environmentally aware and committed to a healthy, meat-free (some fish) holistic – from the garden to the table – diet.
Sauerkraut, kimchi, fruit leather, dried fruit and organic bread, (flour is milled on site from organic grains from the Hawkes Bay) are made on the premises and guests are welcome to learn how. Guest AccessThere is a bedroom (queen-size bed), lounge, fridge and tea and coffee facilities, ensuite in a self-contained cottage and loft with magnificent views looking over Warkworth.
The accommodation is walking distance to the township, and is equipped with a private deck for breakfast, watching sunrises or sunsets, or just to relax with a glass of wine. Interaction with GuestsAssistance with itinerary planning, information available concerning organic eco-lifestyle, eg; DVD, books, explanations, hands-on tuition of growing and processing methods, for interested guests on their request. Some charges may apply. The NeighborhoodWarkworth is a bristling township situated 65kms (1 hour) north of Auckland. A further 7 minute drive takes you to Matakana with it's Farmers Market (Saturdays 7 – 1pm), cinemas, restaurants and bars.
10 minutes drive from Warkworth, you reach Snells Beach and the Brick Bay Winery and Sculpture Park.
The closet ocean beach is Omaha and it takes you about 15 minutes to get there from Warkworth.
10 minute walk to the amazing, historic Warkworth Cement Works clean fresh water swimming lake, open to public and free of charge.
15 minutes from Puhoi (canoe river tours, historic hotel, bush walks
Just to name a few attractions of the area:
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Markets - Matakana Farmers Marke(URL HIDDEN) Matakana Country Par(URL HIDDEN) Puhoi Village Market
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Steam Boat Cruises
"Jane Gifford" - historic scow cruises
Restaurants - Plenty within walking distance
Bars - Tahi Ba(URL HIDDEN)Bridge Hous(URL HIDDEN)Matakana House
Gateway to Kawau Island (ferry service off Sandspit)
Parry Kauri Park – 800 year old kauri tree with about 2kms of boardwalk through the bush to bird feeding observation platform. It is also the site of the Warkworth Museum.
Dome Valley walkway to lookout over Warkworth,
Puhuehue viaduct walkway.
Scandrett's Bay, over looking the islands in Kawau Bay
Tawharanui Regional Park – with plenty of native birdlife and flora in eco sanctuary. Getting AroundIntercity and Northliner buses, and the Mana and Naked Bus are stopping in Warkworth township which is 15 minutes walk to accommodation. Pick and drop off available - free of charge. Other Things to NoteWe provide a complimentary home-made breakfast for the first morning of your stay together with samples of the harvest from our garden for you to enjoy in the apartment or on the deck.