Relaxing in the sun, adventuring across the water, cheesemaking or a quiet spot of golf!  In this hidden paradise there is a surprising number of things to do :)

We have put together a few of our favourites.  Let us know if you would like us to book for you before you arrive!  Megan and Craig 

Cheesemaking classes

Bespoke cheesemaking classes, with Lyn from The Glenbrook Cheese company.

4-5hrs class, $175 per person

Season for cheesemaking runs from August until early March, gorgeous A2 milk from our sweet local cows.

Create Feta, Mozzarella, Halloumi or Camembert.  

Please just let us know if you need assistance to book, otherwise you are welcome to book with Lyn and let her know you are staying with us.


Address for your class:  89 McKenzie road, Kingseat (5mins drive)

Gorgeous A2 milk cheeses, create your own Feta, Mozzarella, Halloumi or Camembert, with Lyn from the Glenbrook Cheese Company


The cottage sits on the beautiful Manukau harbour. at Clarks beach.   Come on a half or full day fishing adventure, launching from a safe (and dry!) jetty.  Your skipper Craig will take care of your every need.  We cater for all levels of experience, and will take care of all the work for you.  (Baiting hooks, filleting fish...)  If it is a successful day come back to the cottage and enjoy fresh fish on the BBQ!  For those not utterly mad on fishing, you are welcome to explore and visit the locals bays of the harbour, popping off the boat for a refreshing swim.  Yummy lunch provided, just bring a warm jacket and we will take care of the rest.  Half day $150 pp for 4 hours (all costs incl), full day up to 8hrs, $250 pp (all costs incl).  (2 people minimum per trip, max 4).  Happy to discuss in detail to meet your needs prior to booking.  

Fishing, half or full day, with a touch of beauty

Explore the ocean bays

The beautiful Manukau harbour is home to a multitude of ocean life.  Passing Orca (season and luck dependent!), seals, (season and luck dependent), fish, a huge variety of local bird life, and the many faces of the ocean.  Come with us on our classic kiwi boat and explore the bays, wildness, and beauty of our home.  Pop off the boat for lunch on the beach and a swim.  Let us know how you would like your day to go and we will cater to you.  We launch from a safe floating wharf, and are happy to add in a touch of fishing or anything else you may wish to do.  Happy to chat about what will work best for you :)

Minimum people 2, max 4.  Lunch and everything you need provided, just bring a warm jacket.  4hr half day, $120 per pp (if fishing $150 pp).  

Explore the ocean bays


Clarks Beach Golf Club is voted in the Top 10 Country Golf Clubs in New Zealand. Gorgeous 18 Hole course, spread over a picturesque course, overlooking the ocean and beaches.  Easy to book, carts available, and a great little clubhouse to unwind afterwards and have a social drink and lunch.  Pop online to https://www.clarksbeachgolfclu... to book, or let us know if you need us to arrange this for you.  

Clarks Beach Golf Club

Kayaking and Paddle boarding

Kayaks and paddleboards are supplied onsite at Red Rock Cottage free of charge.  We are here to help if you need any tips!  We are also absolutely happy to take you for a tour of the bay in the double kayak if you are more comfortable with a guide, just let us know :)

Kayaking & Paddle boarding

Beauty and self care

Toni Dolan our local beauty therapist has a huge range of services, and a life time of experience.  Massage, waxing, facials, spray tans, eyebrows, peels, manicure and pedicure.  Located just here on Torkar road.  Text to book on 0211698908.  (Not open weekends)

Yoga:  Here at our local Waiau Pa hall, Wednesday night at 7pm, or Friday at 9am at our local Fire station.  Gorgeous relaxed locals, bring your own mat and fit right in!  $8 per session, no need to book!

Beauty and self care

Wright's water gardens

Peaceful water based gardens, 18-mins from Clarks beach, based in Patumahoe.  The site is unique, and a little quirky!  Awesome cafe on site at the gardens, for lunch.  Dogs welcome on a lead.  Find them at https://www.wrightswatergarden...

Wright's water gardens

Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Glenbrook Vintage Railway station is a gorgeous journey back to the past.  A heritage steam railway, located just 15mins from Clarks beach.  This unique railway was founded in 1970 to preserve, rebuild, and operate the old Waiuku Branch Railway between Glenbrook and Waiuku.  The railway journey spans 7.4kms, and is open October until June, or can be charted by request.  Contact at or find them on Facebook.  

Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Special places - Lavender Farm and Cafe

The Lavender Farm and Cafe is a special organic lavender farm, located just 20mins away in Karaka.  If you like beauty and special things, then this is for you.  Open Tues - Sun, 8.30am to 4pm.   Find them at

Lavender Farm and Cafe


Hairdresser:  The Village Hair Studio

12/14 Seaway road, Clarks Beach

09) 2321987

Fabulous hairdressers!  Very reasonably priced, and do a wonderful job.