Warkworth is a small town in the Rodney district just a 45 minute drive north of Auckland. The area is also referred to as the Kowhai Coast and is host to one of the largest community spring festivals in the country, the Kowhai Festival. The Mahurangi River, a tidal estuary, flows right through the town before opening into the outer Hauraki Gulf. The town is close to numerous beaches such as Omaha Beach, Snells Beach and Algies Bay and the Matakana Coast Wine Country. The nearby and popular Matakana Village country market attracts people from all over every Saturday.
Warkworth is a historic town, founded in 1853 by John Anderson Brown. The old timber mill, on which the town survived, is now the iconic Bridgehouse restaurant. The town has produced some famous athletes including All Blacks Zinzan and Robin Brooke and Black Cap brothers Hamish and James Marshall.