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Town Basin Marina
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Whangarei showing sailing, a bay or harbour and a marina

Stroll through this picturesque yachting marina and along its pedestrianized river inlet, a place where seafaring, heritage, arts and culture come together.

If you love the water and art browsing, make a beeline for the Town Basin Marina when you arrive in Whangarei. Browse the shops, restaurants, cafés and docks of the Whangarei Marina, watch boats come and go, then follow the Town Basin Art Trail along the waterfront to be immersed in creativity and culture.

This waterfront development is Whangarei’s most idyllic pocket, with bobbing sailing boats in the turquoise South Pacific waters and art museums and outdoor modern and Māori sculptures dotting the emerald lawns of the wider harbor.

The Town Basin, known as Te Ahipupurangi-a-ihenga by Māori, has been frequented by waka (canoes) as long as anyone can remember. The present-day marina is right beside the largest pā site in the country, a strategic hilltop settlement that allowed New Zealand’s first people to spot new arrivals. The Town Basin’s sheltered location was also valued by British settlers, who shipped ancient kauri trees from here. These days, the marina is favored by visiting Kiwi and international boatspeople and other tourists.

Visit the prominent Whangarei Art Museum, Te Manawa Toi, which showcases both old and contemporary art works and provides a chronology of the region’s history as seen through artists’ eyes. Art lovers should also visit The Bach Basin Arts and Craft House, the Burning Issues Gallery, Reyburn House Art Gallery and SPIKE Art Gallery to see paintings, glass blowing demonstrations and pottery.

You don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate the Town Basin Art Trail, which is fun for young and old because you can interact with and sit on or hang off the sculptures. If you’re visiting with children, also don’t miss Claphams National Clock Museum with is rare and quirky time pieces and the Town Basin playground next to Reyburn House.

To get to the Town Basin Marina by car, follow the brown signs to Town Basin, Quayside, Whangarei. It’s a 2-hour drive north from Auckland and 1 hour south from the Bay of Islands. If you arrive by boat, enter the marina on the rising tide and stick to the outside curves of the river. The bridge before the marina works on an "opening-on-demand" basis and access is swift. The marina has up to 280 berths available for international sailors.

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Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
3 out of 5
9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei
The price is NZ$149 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in the heart of Whangarei, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Claphams Clock Museum, Whangarei Art Museum, and Claphams National Clock ...
3.7/5Good! (298 reviews)
"Really nice people, personal service. Cleaning was imaculate. Great family suite, two single beds in an alcove off the living area and the double in a seperate room. A seating area and small table and chairs. The property is a but dated but really close to the town basin, and close to town. Breakfast ..."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
Grand Hotel, Whangarei
Grand Hotel, Whangarei
2.5 out of 5
2 Bank Street, Northland, Whangarei
The price is NZ$90 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in the heart of Whangarei, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tuatara Gallery and Claphams Clock Museum. Whangarei Art Museum and Claphams National ...
3.4/5 (274 reviews)
"Old but clean and tidy staff very good. Helped me out when booking wasn’t quite right."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Grand Hotel, Whangarei
Quest Whangarei
Quest Whangarei
3.5 out of 5
58 Bank Street, Whangarei
The price is NZ$233 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in the heart of Whangarei, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tuatara Gallery, Claphams Clock Museum and Whangarei Art Museum. Claphams National ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (228 reviews)
"Friendly staff , location and cleanliness"

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

Quest Whangarei
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Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
3 out of 5
9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei
The price is NZ$149 per night from 18 May to 18 May
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Grand Hotel, Whangarei
Grand Hotel, Whangarei
2.5 out of 5
2 Bank Street, Northland, Whangarei
The price is NZ$90 per night from 18 May to 18 May
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Quest Whangarei
Quest Whangarei
3.5 out of 5
58 Bank Street, Whangarei
The price is NZ$233 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
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Motel Sierra
Motel Sierra
3 out of 5
26 Western Hills Drive, Whau Valley, Whangarei
The price is NZ$125 per night from 21 May to 21 May
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Discovery Settlers Hotel
Discovery Settlers Hotel
3.5 out of 5
61 Hatea Drive, Whangarei
The price is NZ$124 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
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Bella Vista Motel Whangarei
Bella Vista Motel Whangarei
4.5 out of 5
322 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei
The price is NZ$151 per night from 21 May to 21 May
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Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast
Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
83 Hatea Drive, Regent, Whangarei, Northland
The price is NZ$145 per night from 18 May to 18 May
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Motel Six
Motel Six
3 out of 5
153 Bank Street, Whangarei
The price is NZ$120 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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Cheviot Park Motor Lodge
Cheviot Park Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
Corner Western Hills Dr. & Cheviot St., Whangarei
The price is NZ$139 per night from 28 May to 28 May
Cheviot Park Motor Lodge
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