Marking the unofficial border between Auckland and Northland, Warkworth is situated around 65km north of the city and is famous for its native kowhai trees, and the dozens of ducks who often venture up from the Mahurangi River, to have a wander around the town.
There's a real sense of history here, from the old, whiteboard buildings, to the century-old shops and pubs, plus plenty of more modern shops and some rather good restaurants.
Take a walk along the river bank, then pop into the i-Site visitor centre, where you'll probably be directed to the outdoor art gallery with some fantastically creative sculptures. You can also visit Warkworth Museum, which has displays that give an insight into the lives of the local pioneering families. There are also two incredible 800 year old kauri trees on site.