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Whangarei Falls
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Whangarei Falls which includes a river or creek, forest scenes and a cascade

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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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
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (93 reviews)
"Very well presented older style motel that was very clean and the shower had plenty of pressure"

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Kingswood Manor Motel
Kingswood Manor Motel
3.5 out of 5
260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
The price is NZ$130 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Mair Park and Claphams Clock Museum. Whangarei Falls and Tuatara ...
4.2/5Very Good! (269 reviews)
"Good location for us and was quiet."

Reviewed on 9 Apr. 2021

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Whangarei Falls Holiday Park
Whangarei Falls Holiday Park
2 out of 5
12 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei, Northland
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Situated in a rural location, this campsite is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Whangarei Falls and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park. Whangarei Quarry ...
3.8/5Good! (97 reviews)
"The property is really calm and relax. Martin is such a great host, provided us brillant information about the area and was always helpful. There are great amenities such as barbecue, swimming pool, laundry and a little spa. The kitchen and shower are acceptable whereas I’ve seen better in a ..."

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2019

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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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Kingswood Manor Motel
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3.5 out of 5
260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
The price is NZ$130 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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2 out of 5
12 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei, Northland
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Paranui Cres, 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 17 May to 17 May
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The price is NZ$123 per night from 17 May to 17 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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Grand Hotel, Whangarei
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2.5 out of 5
2 Bank Street, Northland, Whangarei
The price is NZ$90 per night from 17 May to 17 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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