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Whangarei
Travel Guide

With excellent cultural attractions and close proximity to the region’s most beautiful natural areas, New Zealand’s northernmost city is a great base for exploring the country’s Northland Region.

Come to Whangarei for its golden beaches, striking harbours, subtropical gardens and the local produce featured at its restaurants and markets. Visit museums, art galleries and many excellent shopping areas. Enjoy events year-round, including artisan fairs and outdoor opera performances, which contribute to Whangarei’s tight-knit community.

Stop by the Whangarei Harbour to cast a line with local fishermen or to watch scallop divers ducking beneath the surface of the water. A short drive from the city will lead you to Whangarei’s best swimming beaches. Head to Ruakaka, one of the region’s top beaches, just 29 kilometres (18 miles) from the city. Enjoy a refreshing dip after walking many of Northland’s scenic nature trails.

One such trail is the Mount Manaia Track. Follow the 3.5-kilometre (2.2-mile) hiking trail to the summit of Mount Manaia and on the way see native regenerating bush and stunning views of Bream Head and the surrounding Northland Region wilderness areas. The start of the track is less than 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the heart of Whangarei.

Back in town, visit the beautiful subtropical landscapes of Whangarei Quarry Gardens to see floral displays and dense forested areas. The former quarry contains many gardens, including an arid garden with cacti and succulents. Stop by the small on-site café for coffee and pastries.

Examine one of the largest sundials in the Southern Hemisphere at Claphams National Clock Museum, featuring a collection of almost 1,500 clocks. The museum hosts free guided tours, which can be tailored to suit your interests. See historic, fine art and antique clocks in the museum’s many fascinating displays.

Shop for fresh vegetables, subtropical fruits and artisan cheeses every Saturday at Whangarei Growers Market. The city also features many retail stores, gift shops and cafés with outdoor seating. Visit Cameron Street Mall, a paved pedestrian mall with some of the city’s best restaurants and stores.

Reach Whangarei’s city centre via the nearby Whangarei Airport or drive to Whangarei from Auckland in just over 2 hours. The regional capital of Northland has many cultural attractions in town and stunning natural beauty in its surrounds.

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 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

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! (290 reviews)

"The property is situated in a convenient location. Was noisy most of the time. Booked for 3 adults, got amenities for 2 people (2 cups, 2 glasses, etc)"…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 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 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

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 (271 reviews)

"Taste of the old world without being outdated. We always love the balcony or queens room. The oub downstairs on karaoke night is awesome too. Will always come back x"…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2021

Grand Hotel, Whangarei
Kingswood Manor Motel
Kingswood Manor Motel
3.5 out of 5
260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
The price is NZ$128 per night from 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

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! (265 reviews)

"Good location for us and was quiet."…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr. 2021

Kingswood Manor Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kingswood Manor Motel
Kingswood Manor Motel
3.5 out of 5
260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
The price is NZ$128 per night from 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

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! (265 reviews)

"Good location for us and was quiet."…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr. 2021

Kingswood Manor Motel
Pacific Rendezvous
Pacific Rendezvous
3.5 out of 5
73 Motel Road, Tutukaka
The price is NZ$265 per night from 3 May to 4 May

Situated in Tutukaka, this beach aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whangaumu Bay, Tutukaka Marina and Dive Tutukaka. Tutukaka Headland and Poor Knights ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (171 reviews)

"Apartments are a little old fashioned but very clean and tidy. We were in unit 13 looking towards Poor Knight Islands, the views were just stunning! Our apartment was huge for the 2 of us. The bathroom, kitchen and living were downstairs and the bedroom upstairs. This worked ok but some might prefer ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2021

Pacific Rendezvous
Private Cabin Minutes Drive From the City Centre and Local Tourist Attractions
Private Cabin Minutes Drive From the City Centre and Local Tourist Attractions
136 Abbey Caves Rd, Whangarei, Northland
The price is NZ$123 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Abbey Caves and within 3 miles (5 km) of A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park and Mair Park. Whangarei ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)

"Great place! cats, dogs, chickens and surrounding nature"…"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2021

Private Cabin Minutes Drive From the City Centre and Local Tourist Attractions
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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29 May 2020

Whangarei is safe, lots of walking spaces you can easily access. Close to shops n the city. Close to beautiful beaches. Warm and friendly people

4/5 - Good

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8 Mar. 2020

Fun place to find places to eat. Neat old bookstore.

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Mar. 2020

Whangarei is the place to Be.

4/5 - Good

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27 Feb. 2020

Went to whangarei fall and Rurukaka beach, both are very nice

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Feb. 2020

Lovely looking place, great vibe

4/5 - Good

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18 Feb. 2020

Enjoyed the falls. Easy 20 minute walk. Seeing the falls from all angles.

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