Howick village is a historic township known for the Fencible community which was settled by the British in the 1840`s the area is rich in history and houses New Zealand’s second oldest church – The All Saints` Church built in 1847. Visit Howick Market every Saturday morning with its local produce, Arts and Crafts. Take a stroll along Musick point peninsular with its spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf. Or take a walk through the Mangemangeroa reserve with its coastal, native bush and estuary views.
Half Moon Bay ferry terminal is just a few minutes away. Enjoy a lovely 35-minute boat ride to downtown Auckland, and the ferry terminal offering trips to Waiheke. Alternatively, why not take a drive to beautiful beaches and countryside. Visit Whitford, Beachlands, Pine Harbour Marina and the Formosa Golf and Country Club or drive on to Maraetai beach and the polo grounds at Clevedon.
Wine & Dine
For a dining experience and entertainment, look no further than Basalt which offers a wide selection of mouth-watering mains, and live music on Fridays, it’s the perfect place to wind down after a long day of traveling.
If you are in the mood for sharing, look no further than The Corner which offers diners a range of sharing plates of sliders and tapas to please the whole family.
If you are up for a slight drive, Grangers Tap House & Kitchen is worth it alone for the view, situated by the waterfront in Halfmoon Bay, Grangers has a vast selection of crafty cocktails and drinks as well as a wide selection of food to please everyone, whether your taste is for Bistro, Grill or Seafood – this place has it all.
Howick Historical Village
Take a unique trip back in time and learn a little history by visiting the Howick Historical Village, frozen in time the “living museum” is a re-creation of a New Zealand colonial village, using houses and cottages saved from the surrounding suburb of Howick. You will get to experience what living in colonial New Zealand was like as you walk through the Fencible village by walking through the refurbished historic houses and you can plan a picnic in the heritage gardens.
Live Days are also put on every third Sunday in the month, so if you plan your stay accordingly you can experience a trip back in time as volunteers dress-up in period costumes and set about performing the daily chores and activities of early Howick settlers including: a marching band, soldier military drills, an educational exhibitions, an opportunity to play Victorian Era games, and a horse and carriage.
A beautiful and breath-taking heritage site just beyond Buckland Beach is the perfect place to have a picnic or watch the sun go down with its scenic views and peaceful tranquillity, and most importantly – it’s free to visit. Experience a little bit of New Zealand history by visiting this historic site which was originally used by Māori of the Ngai Tai iwi, who dug a ditch across the peninsula as part of Te Waiarohia Pā which parts are still visible today.
Musick Point is the site of the Musick Memorial Radio Station a unique and impressive piece of architecture that was built in 1942 to communicate with ships and aircraft, and later became a radio station for alternative radio, and is now used for cellular services.
For another cost effective and natural experience, the breathtaking walks across the Mangemangeroa reserve is a must do for any nature enthusiast. The walks include a waterfall, mature and regenerating native bush, freshwater creeks and boardwalks over mangroves and mudflats. It is a three hour round trip.