Auckland to Awhitu

Awhitu - Photo by Mark von NagyAwhitu - Photo by Mark von Nagy

The stunning Awhitu Peninsula forms the western border of the Manukau Harbour, one of the inlets which creates the isthmus on which Auckland city is built. A trip from the big smoke out to Awhitu is not a long drive but the change in scenery is remarkable, and you will feel worlds away. It could be an easy day trip, or several nights to explore the peninsula.

Auckland has a lot to offer a campervan tripper, from the wild mountains and beaches to the west to the bustling central city and pretty suburbs in the east. Take the chance to see the city before venturing out!

Photo by Mark von Nagy


To get to Awhitu, head south on State Highway One through Manukau to the outer suburbs. take exit 461 onto Great South Road and turn right to cross back across the motorway and head towards the west coast. This becomes Karaka Road then Glenbrook Road and eventually leads to the small town of Waiuku.

Waiuku is a small country town located on and estuary which is an arm of the Manukau Harbour. It supports farming in the area, and also is a residence for many employees of New Zealand Steel. It is home to New Zealand’s oldest continuously licensed hotel, Kentish hotel which is a popular local pub- stop in for a drink to talk to some kiwis!


Photo by Mark von Nagy


At Waiuku, turn right onto Kitchener Road then right again onto King Street which becomes Awhitu Road. This will take you on a scenic drive along the peninsula, through several tiny towns and over some beautiful farmland. As you near the end of the Peninsula, you can take Brook Road to get to Awhitu Regional Park, or continue to Orua Bay via Tram Gully Road and Orua Bay Road, where there is a motor camp adjacent to the beach.

There is also a Holiday Park at Big Bay, and you can visit the Manukau Heads Lighthouse which overlooks the entrance to the harbour. The grounds around it are the perfect place for a picnic! Back towards Waiuku and on the outer coast that fronts the Tasman Sea, you will find the wild black sand beach of Karioitahi on which many enjoy walking or horse riding.








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