Nothing quite beats a fresh water swimming pool. And the pool at the Old Cement Works in Warkworth is greater than your average pool. Bring everyone – there’s fun abound to be had whether you’re the sort to launch yourself from the banks into the water below or you’re more interested in soaking up the sun in the dry.
This converted old cement works had been flooded with fresh water and makes the perfect place for a family day out in summer. Free of charge, and only a 45 minute drive from Auckland City, there’s nothing not to love.
Fair warning, the water gets pretty deep pretty quickly, so if you’re a less confident swimmer, or you have littlies with you, be sure to bring some inflatable water toys to make the most of the day for all those in your company.
The Cement Works
The Mahurangi Cement Works (near Warkworth) saw New Zealand’s first manufacturing of Portland cement in the 1880s. By 1918 the company was voluntarily wound up and amalgamated with the New Zealand Portland Cement Company, whose works were at Limestone Island. It was there that most of the cement was then produced, while the Mahurangi works focused on hydrated lime. By 1926 the closure of the works was imminent and machinery was transferred to Portland (near Whangarei) before the Mahurangi works were closed in 1929.