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Whangarei Falls

Bring a picnic to this beautiful waterfall and spend some time relaxing over lunch after exploring the surrounding forest to spot indigenous flora and fauna.

Whangarei Falls is a picturesque waterfall with elevated platforms, scenic walking paths and picnic areas. The falls were traditionally a popular location for local Māori people to catch eels. Visit today to watch the power of the tumbling water and to find many indigenous plants, including kauri trees and nikau palms, as you explore the area.

For outstanding views of the waterfall and surrounding forest, stroll along the nature trail that leads from the car park. The Whangarei Falls Loop, a well-maintained walking track, circles the waterfall. Stop at its many platforms to bird-watch and take in the wonderful views of the falls. At 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) long, the Whangarei Falls Loop takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.

The platforms and grassy areas are great for nature watching. Look for bird species that reside in the forest, such as kukupas (native wood pigeons) and riroriros (grey warblers). Examine indigenous plants, including koukas (cabbage trees) and pongas (tree ferns), as you amble along the pretty nature path.

Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with spectacular views of the water cascading 26-metres (86-feet) down the basalt cliffs. The site has benches and well-kept lawns. Restroom facilities are also available near the car park in Whangarei Falls Reserve.

If you wish to venture away from the waterfall, take the Sands Road Loop. At 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) long, this walking track is more challenging than the Whangarei Falls Loop. The Sands Road Loop takes around 3 hours to complete and is recommended for walkers with moderate fitness levels.

Both scenic walkways begin at the free public car park located within the reserve. Find Whangarei Falls Reserve, just 6 kilometres (4 miles) from the centre of Whangarei. Wear suitable hiking footwear and pack supplies, so you can spend a day exploring Whangarei Falls and the surrounding forested areas.


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Whangarei Falls Holiday Park

12 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei, Northland
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this campsite is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Whangarei Falls and within 3 miles (5 km) of A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park and Abbey Caves. Whangarei Quarry Gardens and Claphams Clock Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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    Kingswood Manor Motel

    260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Whangarei, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Mair Park and Claphams Clock Museum. Whangarei Falls and Tuatara Gallery are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre NZ$140
      Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

      Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

      9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Museum. Mair Park and Reyburn House are also within 10 minutes.

        Discovery Settlers Hotel NZ$109
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        Discovery Settlers Hotel

        61 Hatea Drive, Whangarei
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Whangarei, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Claphams Clock Museum and Whangarei Art Museum. Tuatara Gallery and Claphams National Clock Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Whangarei Holiday Houses NZ$115
          Whangarei Holiday Houses

          Whangarei Holiday Houses

          Paranui Cres, Whangarei
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the suburbs, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park, Mair Park and Whangarei Falls. Claphams Clock Museum and Tuatara Gallery are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Continental Motel NZ$122
            Continental Motel

            Continental Motel

            67 Kamo Road, Kensington, Whangarei
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Whangarei, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mair Park, Whangarei Quarry Gardens and Whangarei Art Museum. Whangarei Falls and Abbey Caves are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Motel Sierra NZ$120
              Motel Sierra

              Motel Sierra

              26 Western Hills Drive, Whau Valley, Whangarei
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Whangarei, this motel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Whangarei Quarry Gardens and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mair Park and Claphams Clock Museum. Tuatara Gallery and Whangarei Falls are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Glenbervie Cottages and Bed & Breakfast NZ$140
                Glenbervie Cottages and Bed & Breakfast

                Glenbervie Cottages and Bed & Breakfast

                27 Puketotara Rd, Whangarei, Northland
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a rural location, this eco-friendly bed & breakfast is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Whangarei Falls and within 6 miles (10 km) of A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park and Whangarei Quarry Gardens. Claphams Clock Museum and Whangaumu Bay are also within 6 miles (10 km).