1. Do the Mangemangeroa Valley Walkway
One of the best natural spots in the Howick area is the Mangemangeroa Reserve with estuary rich with wildlife. Take the Mangemangeroa Valley Walkway to truly experience this amazing area, passing through native bush, mudflats, cow paddocks, and creeks full of mangroves. There are plenty of reasons to stop along the way at lookout and picnic areas. The whole walk is 3-hours one way from the reserve to Cockle Bay.
Location: Mangemangeroa Reserve, along Somerville Road.
2. Take the ferry to Auckland Central or Waiheke island
Half Moon Bay has its very own ferry terminal making for some quick escapes to wildly different areas of Auckland. Take the passenger ferry to Auckland Central to experience the city culture, cafes and parks. Alternatively, there is a vehicle ferry regularly departing for Waiheke Island, known for its vineyards, beautiful beaches and laidback island life. Find out more about these destinations in Auckland City Centre Guide for Backpackers and 9 Glorious Things to Do on Waiheke Island.
Location: Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay.
3. Explore Howick Historical Village
An absolute must is the charming Howick Historical Village! Explore this open-air museum with its colonial buildings and see what life was like in New Zealand for an early settler. The village even hosts “live days” where you can talk to the colonial “villagers” in their old-worldly costume. It’s a fun way to learn about the fascinating history of New Zealand!
Location: Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park.
4. Shop at the Howick Village Market
Shop like they used to back in the old day at the Howick Village Market (yes, really, there’s a town crier and everything)! Pick up some local produce, handmade crafts and enjoy free food tastings at this charming market. The Howick Village Market takes place every Saturday 8am-12.30pm.
Location: 91 Picton Street.
5. Play a round of golf
Play golf with a view on the Bucklands Beach Peninsula! The 5454m course at the Howick Golf Club is a great way to spend an afternoon in Howick, whether you’re a local or a visitor. The well-equipped golf club has all the gear you will need. All you have to do is relax, have fun and take in the views while playing on a fun yet challenging fairways. Add this golf course to your bucket list, as well as the Top 5 Golf Courses in Auckland!
Location: 32 Musick Point Road, Bucklands Beach.
6. Walk the Musick Point Walkway
Speaking of the Bucklands Beach Peninsula, an alternative activity in the area is walking the Musick Point Walkway, otherwise known as the “Secret Walkway”. Enjoy spectacular views of the coast as you walk over the headland beside the golf course. At the end of the walkway is Musick Point and the Musick Point Memorial.
Location: Musick Point Road, Bucklands Beach.