Auckland’s northerly neighbour is as chilled out as the Mahurangi River that flows out of it.

If you haven’t factored Warkworth into your Northland Peninsula adventure, you’d better start prioritising. This little riverside town may be the gateway to rolling winegrowers’ country, surf beaches and marine reserves, but it’s also much, much more. Warkworth is the perfect spot to flick the switch to holiday mode. Share a scenic spot (and some of your picnic) with the ducks on the riverbank or take advantage of Warkworth’s restaurants and boutique accommodation.