Caretaker Farm is one hour north of Auckland by car and bus and
is located 1 km from the Whangateau harbour.
See map for more details.
The area is famous for swimming and diving and has the following attractions:
The Goat Island Marine Reserve -(10 km from the farm past
Leigh (7km) hosts varieties of fish which swim around ones legs-great snorkling
and diving with gear able to be hired locally)
Pakiri Beach -(25 km from the farm past Leigh (7km) the beach
is untouched, golden sand dunes and beautiful clear water for swimming and great
surfing. Local family run horse-treking beach experience for hire)
Omaha Beach -(12 km from the farm with left turn off before
Matakana (8km) hosts surf and swimming beach. Now built up area with golf course,
sailboat ramp, fishing opportunities)
Matakana village -( 8 km from the farm hosts a Saturday
Farmers Market, Morris and James Pottery, 2 bars & restaurant, craft markets,
garage, river reserve, shops)
Leigh -(7 km from the farm is an historic fishing village
hosting a fishing wharf, Fisheries, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, School, garage, diving
shop, general store and a great fish and chips takeaway)
Warkworth -(17 km from the farm back towards Auckland hosts
shops, historic buildings, wharf, river, museum, forest walk and seasonal events)
Dome Valley -(22 km from the farm and 7 km from Warkworth
heading north it offers great walking through native bush and small cafe)
Kawau Island -(reached by ferry boat from Sandspit 20 km
from the farm hosts great island walking through bus, sea views, historic
residence and grounds, copper mine and great for day outing)
Takatu and Tawharanui Regional Park -(20 km from the farm
offering walks, swimming, surfing, diving and related beach activities)
The local area is also known for its vineyards, fine food, cafes and art galleries
and there are tour maps available from the Warkworth and Matakana Information Centres.
Other activities include horseriding, canoe hire, charter boat for diving
and fishing, golf, sheepworld, a reptile park, skytours.