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6 Best Things to Do in Howick & Half Moon Bay

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Howick Activities and Attractions You Can’t Miss

A southwestern suburb of Auckland, Howick and Half Moon Bay are a world of their own boasting cultural heritage, village charm and amazing coastal views. Howick and Half Moon Bay feel like quaint villages with charming buildings to admire and peaceful coastal scenery. Experience the best of the area on one of the many walking trails or spend more time outside playing golf on one of Auckland’s most scenic golf courses. Find out more about the local attractions in this list of things to do in Howick and Half Moon Bay!

If you’re looking to explore more of the South Auckland area, then don’t miss towns like Waiuku, the gateway to the Awhitu Peninsula or Pukekohe just moments away from State Highway 1.

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.

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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 10 Things to Do in Auckland and 9 Glorious Things to Do on Waiheke Island.

Location: Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay.

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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.

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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.

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5. Play a Round of Golf

Play golf with a view on the Bucklands Beach Peninsula! The 5454m (5965ft) 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.

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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.

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Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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