Saturday, 27 June 2015

Day Trip North Of Auckland Old Cement Works.

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Less than an hour drive north of Auckland is one of my favourite all time places. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets. A great place for a day trip, picnic and swim over the summer months.
Visit the Old Cement Works in the town of Warkworth  Tucked in along side the River you can enjoy the old ruins , a walk and for the brave a swim.

I remember the first time I went to the Cement Works  or Kilns we used to call them. I was just a kid. It used to be a place that as a family we often went to . Mum and Dad would sit on the bank as us kids played in the water staying close to the ledges. There were always lots of stories about the place and I have know idea if any were even true or slightly true. One was the  Quarry suddenly flooded and the machines and equipment were still down there. Deep at the bottom.

This is a historical site. Well worth a visit and the walking track will soon be extended so you can walk the river side into Warkworth township. You will certainly want your camera with you.

I decided to take my camera for a walk today. You can see it is quiet because it is mid winter here . In the summer the Cement Works are much busier. Lots of young swimmers enjoying their free time.

The swimming quarry at the Cement works is popular with many over summer. Fresh water and very deep. There are a couple of limestone ledges but you can't touch the bottom so you need to be a good swimmer.

You may like these other posts of places to see while in the same district as the Cement Works

Enjoy lunch and a River Walk in the Warkworth Township Click Here

Visit local beaches  Scotts Landing is about 20min out east coast from Warkworth Click Here

Read more on the Warkworth area Click Here

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Omaha Beach North Of Auckland

Omaha Beach an enjoyable day trip from Auckland

I remember the first time
 I went to Omaha Beach I was only 5. Dad stopped the car in a rough metal parking area ( which is now the main car park) We walked over an over grown grass area to view the beach.

How things change don't they?

Getting There

The location of Omaha Beach is East Coast north of Auckland. About a 45 minute drive on a good day. Perfect for that day trip as there is so much to see along the way and then you can enjoy a picnic lunch and maybe go for a surf. or even go for a long beach walk.
 Summertime is also a good idea so you can get the most out of the day and enjoy the beach.

On the Way out to Omaha Beach you pass vineyards and a small settlement called Matakana.

Matakana is a very popular place especially in the weekends with markets, a choice of great restaurants and cafes and a boutique cinema of which is a great place to catch a movie.

Omaha Beach itself has transformed from the quite paddocks it once was and is now street after street of up market houses and holiday homes for the wealthy so if you get tired of walking the sand check out the houses.
 There is also a Golf Course, Surf club  and a couple of cafes.

The beach itself is often ok to surf at and a reasonable safe beach also. In the summer the kids can swim between the flags.

You sometimes see fishermen on the rocks. There is a man made wall of boulders on the left side of the beach that seems to be a popular place to fish. I also noticed on my recent walk that there is a predator fence up also to protect the Godwits and other birds .

The beach itself is long , sandy with nice waves and a great place to visit.
It you do go in summer though keep in mind there are no trees so no shade.

Omaha is well worth the visit.

You may like these posts on Other Beaches Close to Omaha

Goat Island Marine Reserve In the same direction as Omaha a little further around the coast.
Check post out on Goat Island Click Here

Tawharanui Regional Park also close to Omaha. The park in a good choice for a day trip.
Click Here

Read more on the area
Click Here