Rose Cottage | Local Attractions

This is an area rich in activities and gastronomic delights. From the black sand surf beach of Muriwai to the tranquility of Woodhill Forest. There has also been something of an epicurean explosion in the past few years. Several award-wining wine bars and restaurants have made their home in the West. Here's a small sample . . .

Local Restaurants


Ribier Restaurant is one of the finest eateries in New Zealand. Acclaimed chef Eugene Sokolovski (winner of the Monteith's Wild Food Challenge) is renowned for creating astonishing marriages of texture and exquisite flavours with the freshest and best produce imaginable. Ribier is West Auckland's best kept secret, a restaurant full of warmth, relaxed charm, and friendly service.


The Tasting Shed

The Tasting Shed has one simple philosophy — a place where wine craves food. Expect to experience a unique environment where everything we are about is celebrating great food and wine pairings in a gorgeous wine country, less than half an hour outside of central Auckland.



If you're looking for a quintessential gourmet experience with some salt of the earth flavour, then go no further than HALLERTAU. This is an oasis of culinary persuasion that you won't find anywhere else in the world. We're a micro brewery and restaurant in one, specialising in our own distinctive, unpasturised and unfiltered beers.


The Riverhead Tavern

At 153 years old, The Riverhead is thought to be New Zealand's oldest riverside tavern and holds New Zealand's second oldest liquor licence. Nestled on the shores of the Waitemata, The Riverhead is steeped in local history and was a vital part of the development of early New Zealand.


Local Activities

Tree Adventures

Tree Adventures is an exciting new outdoor activity that offers an experience unlike anything else. Each course has a series of fun and challenging activities that wind their way through the treetops, ending with an exhilarating flying fox ride to bring you swiftly back down to earth.


Muriwai Beach Horse Treks

At Muriwai Beach Auckland Horse Treks we have treks to suit all abilities from beginners to experienced people, with horses and ponies to match each riders level. We cater for all group sizes from small intimate ones to large corporate functions, team building etc. We provide NZ Safety approved helmets for all riders and wet weather gear when needed.


The Hillary Trail

The Hillary Trail is a self-guided four day tramp through 77km of native forest and along the wild coast of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. It connects various park tracks and basic backcountry campgrounds. The trail captures Sir Edmund Hillary's sense of adventure and introduces you to the joys of overnight camping..


Woodhill Mountain Bike Park

We boast over 100km of purpose-built single track, loaded with over 250 man-made features and 4 Disc Golf Courses. We're just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland, have over 100 hire bikes, an on-site mechanic service, pro-shop and cafe and we are open all year rounds.

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