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Whangarei
Travel Guide

Town Basin Marina featuring a bay or harbour

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.

Where to stay in Whangarei

Kingswood Manor Motel
Kingswood Manor Motel
3.5 out of 5
260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
The price is NZ$130 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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! (271 reviews)
"There was plenty of room for parking. Rooms were comfortable and clean. Very happy overall!"

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Kingswood Manor Motel
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 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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! (302 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
Continental Motel
Continental Motel
3.5 out of 5
67 Kamo Road, Kensington, Whangarei
The price is NZ$138 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (187 reviews)
"Nice and clean"

Reviewed on 1 May 2021

Continental Motel
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The Plum House Wairoro Park - Russell Holiday Home
The Plum House Wairoro Park - Russell Holiday Home
206 / 5, Aucks Road, Okiato, Northland
Situated in Okiato, this holiday home is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Bay of Islands Marina and within 6 miles (10 km) of Russell Christ Church and Russell Museum. Pompallier ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
We absolutely loved our stay. Peaceful, quiet, great for our dog.
"We are already planning a trip back. Excellent dog friendly accommodation. Definitely better than anywhere else we have stayed with our lovely labradoodle. She had a terrific holiday too."

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2020

The Plum House Wairoro Park - Russell Holiday Home
Pinewood - Motuarohia / Roberton Island
Pinewood - Motuarohia / Roberton Island
Pinewood, Cooks Cove, Roberton Island, Northland
Situated in Roberton Island, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Flagstaff Hill, Russell Beach and Russell Museum. Russell Christ Church and Tapeka ...
Pinewood - Motuarohia / Roberton Island
The Cowshed Wairoro Park - Russell Holiday Home
The Cowshed Wairoro Park - Russell Holiday Home
206 / 6, Aucks Road, Okiato, Northland
Situated in Okiato, this holiday home is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Bay of Islands Marina and within 6 miles (10 km) of Russell Christ Church and Russell Museum. Pompallier ...
2.5/5 (2 reviews)
Not as expected
"We only stayed 1 of our 3 nights, the bed was old and saggy. The tiny cabin was not as big as the photos implied. Overpriced, we had been staying in big fancy houses for less $$"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2020

The Cowshed Wairoro Park - Russell Holiday Home
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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