Family friendly activities in the area

Castaways Resort is a fantastic place to bring your family, with many activities in the area to keep little ones busy and entertained in the great outdoors. Here are our favourite places to take children while staying at Castaways Resort:

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Glenbrook Vintage Train

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. Even better are their special Day Out with Thomas events, which are a must for any Thomas the Tank Engine fans.

For opening hours and further details check out their website.


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Waiuku Harbour Cruises

Cruise the Waiuku harbour inlet on Waiuku's Historic Blue Boat - Te Ratahi, and take home some extra memorable memories.

Cruises are tide dependent, so check out their Facebook page (@waiukuharbourcruises) for the latest updates and scheduled sailing times.


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Awhitu Regional Park

Located at the end of Brook Road on the Awhitu Penisula, this Auckland Regional Council park is the perfect spot to explore with children.

Wander freely over parkland pastures, explore the wetlands, enjoy the safe, sandy beaches and sheltered picnic and barbecue areas.

More information about the park can be found here.


Karioitahi Beach

The vast black sand beach located directly below Castaways Resort is the perfect place for children to explore, with waterfalls, rockpools, caves and 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.


Sandspit Beach Reserve

This newly renovated beach reserve at the end of Sandspit Road in Waiuku is the perfect child friendly beach. Featuring an always popular water slide, playground, jetty, and BBQ facilities.

Directions can be found here.


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Manukau Heads Lighthouse

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. 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.