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, 112
The price is NZ$138 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Whangarei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (294 reviews)
"Great location. Plenty of off street parking. Quiet area. Definitely stay there again"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022

Kingswood Manor Motel
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
3 out of 5
9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei, 0112
The price is NZ$173 per night from 23 Jul. to 24 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Whangarei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the room service ...
3.7/5 Good! (341 reviews)
"Excellent n friendly services"

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2022

Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
Discovery Settlers Hotel
Discovery Settlers Hotel
3.5 out of 5
61 Hatea Drive, Whangarei, 0101
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$155 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Whangarei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (458 reviews)
"Was ok."

Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2022

Discovery Settlers Hotel
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.
Regent Residential Villa
Regent Residential Villa
3.5 out of 5
13 Manse St, Whangarei, Northland, 112
The price is NZ$78 per night from 29 Jul. to 30 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly holiday home in Whangarei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (23 reviews)
"Good option for short stay traveller to visit Northland area."

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2022

Regent Residential Villa
Kingswood Manor Motel
Kingswood Manor Motel
3.5 out of 5
260 Kamo Road, Whangarei, 112
The price is NZ$138 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Whangarei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (294 reviews)
"Great location. Plenty of off street parking. Quiet area. Definitely stay there again"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022

Kingswood Manor Motel
Private Cabin minutes drive from the city centre and local tourist attractions
Private Cabin minutes drive from the city centre and local tourist attractions
Abbey Caves, Northland
The price is NZ$160 per night from 30 Jun. to 1 Jul.
Stay at this cabin in Whangarei. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and on-site parking. Popular attractions Mair Park and A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park are located ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Country Cabin
"Lovely cosy little cabin nestled in a rural setting with views over the paddocks. Loved the privacy of the open-air bathroom but probably suited more to the warmer/drier months. Friendly hosts and adorable animals make you feel right at home. There is much to explore in the area and we hope to come ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

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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