Local Attractions

The following are just some of the great attractions Waiuku and the wider Franklin area have on offer. For full details on each attraction, including opening hours and pricing, please contact the attraction directly or view their website.

Karioitahi Beach

Address: Just below Castaways Resort
Enjoy a romantic stroll hand in hand along this expansive beach.  Feel the warm black sand under your feet, admire the rugged coastline and the picturesque waterfalls that trickle down the cliffs.

In summer weekends the beach is patrolled by the Karioitahi Surf Life Saving team. Stay safe and be sure to swim only between the flags. If the beach is not patrolled, go for a walk instead and save the swimming for another time.


Waiuku Golf Course

Address: Racecourse Road, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 9489
Website: www.waiukugolfandsquash.co.nz

The Waiuku Golf course is an 18 hole course which rarely closes and is playable right throughout the winter (even in a golf cart!). Located just 7 minutes drive from Castaways Resort, the club boasts friendly members and a challenging course. Visitors are welcome. 


Awhitu Wines

Address: 31 Greenock Drive, Awhitu Peninsula
Phone: 09 235 1465
Website: www.awhituwines.co.nz

Take a drive up the Awhitu Peninsula and call in at Awhitu Wines for a leisurely boutique wine tasting in a picturesque setting. *Check their website for opening times.


 Pollok Arts & Crafts Co-op

Address: 2141 Awhitu Road, Pollok, Awhitu Peninsula
Phone: 09 2352225
Website: www.franklincountry.com

For art and craft enthusiasts, the Pollok Art & Crafts Co-op is well worth a visit. Glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art and a sculpture garden can all be found at this boutique gallery. *Check their website for opening times.


Awhitu Regional Park

Address: Brook Road, Kauritutahi, Awhitu Peninsula
Phone: 09 303 1530
Website: http://regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/awhituregionalpark

Wander freely over parkland pastures, explore the wetlands and enjoy the safe and sandy beaches. There are a number of walking tracks available to explore.


Awhitu Golf Course

Address: Brook Rd, R D 4, Waiuku, Awhitu Peninsula
Phone: 09 2351031
Website: www.awhitugolf.co.nz

The Awhitu Golf course is a 9 hole course situated on the Awhitu Peninsula and is approx. 25 minutes drive north of Castaways Resort. Set in the Awhitu Regional Park, the course has excellent views of the Manukau Harbour and of the surrounding parkland. Visitors are welcome.


Spookers (Haunted house)

Address: 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka
Phone: 09 291 9002
Website :www.spookers.co.nz

Spookers Haunted Attraction Scream Park takes you on a trip through the scariest, creepiest, most-blood curdling attractions outside of America. Located among the grounds and buildings of one of New Zealands longest running hospitals for the mentally ill, Spookers is a unique attraction and only 25 minutes drive from Castaways. R.16 attractions include: Spookers Haunted House - Flee for your life from frightening apparitions in the old Kingseat Hospital. The Freaky Forest - A haunted horror forest full of crazed hillbillies and other mutants! Clowns - For some reason, people are afraid of clowns, and this 3D Vortex attraction takes advantage of this fact with crazed, demented clowns and others popping out from everywhere. Two times world champion graffiti artists created the astounding UV and 3D effects.


Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Address: Glenbrook Station Road, Glenbrook
Phone: 09 236 3546
Website: www.railfan.org.nz

Kids love trains (and so do rail enthusiasts!) Hop aboard lovingly restored and maintained steam engines for a journey into yesteryear. Situated in the picturesque Franklin countryside (about 25 minutes drive from Castaways), the railway operates from Labour Weekend through to Queens Birthday Weekend on Sundays and most public holidays. Step back in time with a 12km return trip in vintage carriages behind a genuine steam locomotive. The kids will love the sights, sounds and smells of a real steam train - keep your ticket as a memento. Picnic area and refreshments are available. Disabled facilities are provided. For opening hours and further details check out their website.


Manukau Heads Lighthouse

Address: Awhitu Peninsula, Awhitu

The Lighthouse was first built in 1874 and has been meticulously refurbished and rebuilt using pieces from the original building. It has been relocated to a new site beside the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform which has been on this site since 1865. Amazing views of the Manukau Heads and Bar can be seen from this view point. View the turbulent waters and shifting shoals of the Manukau Heads, where the HMS Orpheus ran aground in 1863. Approximately 45 minutes drive from Castaways and open to the public at all times - free of charge although donations towards the upkeep are always appreciated.


Nikau Cave

Address: Highway 22, Waikaretu
Phone: 09 233 3199
Website: www.nikaucave.co.nz

Enjoy unspoilt nature as you walk and crawl through Nikau Cave. Located approximately 1.5 hours drive from Castaways, Nikau Cave is a truly invigorating experience. The cave which is one kilometre long with a stream running through, is home to thousands of glow worms and awesome formations. Get right into nature and enjoy some real caving! A reasonable level of fitness is needed.