Meet at The Roost B&B ( or arrange paid pick up from Papakura Train Station available). From there you will take the shuttle on a brief driving tour of the historic Waiuku township. Next we will head out to the wild Karioitahi Beach 8km away where your titanomagnitite adventure begins. The 4WD will take you all the way down the beach to an area where you can explore the natural surroundings, and experiment with the range of magnets supplied to create amazing sand formations using the sand's magnetic properties. If you are feeling adventurous - feel free to attempt a climb to the very top of the sand dune - the view is breathtaking and the opportunity is there if you can do it! :) Breath in the scenery - while learning about why titomagnite is so important to the Waiuku and surrounding community. Take many photos - here are your iconic New Zealand postcard shots. When ready to leave the beach, your next stop is Tamakae Reserve where you will learn how Waiuku came to have it's name. And finally, cross the road to The Kentish Hotel - the pub with the longest continuous licence in New Zealand. Enjoy a glass or two of your favourite beverage and purchase lunch if you wish.
Your hosts Graeme and Linda are long time Waiuku residents and passionate about the wonderful history and natural phenomena that surrounds the area. Both are experienced in hospitality, now owning and managing The Roost Bed and Breakfast - a popular accommodation for business and family groups. It was Graeme's career as a primary school Principal and Linda's earlier teaching career in both primary and secondary school that sparked their interest in the history and natural wonders of Waiuku. They gain great satisfaction providing information rich experiences. Come enjoy! :)
Magnets and supplies
Karioitahi Beach is designated a road, it requires a special permit to be obtained from Auckland Council for those wishing to drive on this beach. The Roost B&B has the required permit and takes guests on a regular basis to the scenic areas that only locals can know about :) Titomagnetite is found in the sand on the beach, and is the lifeblood of the local economy. Linda is an associate member of the Waiuku Business Development Association.
Warm jacket if a cooler time of year
This is a fantastic experience for all age groups. Feel free to include children in your booking - there is a great deal of fun to be had in experimenting with titomagnetite!
Discover the magic of Titanomagnitite