attractions of Whangarei
places to visit in Whangarei

Things to do in Whangarei

Whangarei City provides a vast amount of activities from eating, shopping, relaxing and even playing your favourite sport. Our city has many interesting places to visit, some of them are listed below but please feel free to ask at reception, or visit one of our 2 i-SITE Information Centres.

Cameron Street Mall

The Mall is right in the centre of Whangarei. It is the best place for shopping: from printing holiday photos to buying last minute gifts. Or just sit in one of the friendly cafes to have a coffee, chat and relax.

2-minute drive/12-minute walk

Town Basin

Marina, cafes, restaurants, gift shops, fudge shop, galleries, playground and walkway.

5-minute drive/15-minute walk

Mair Park

Large reserve with native bush walks, Mt Parahaki and the Hatea River running through the middle. Several different picnic areas, playground and walkways.

2-minute drive/10-minute walk – within Mair Park different walkways lead to Hatea River, Mt Parahaki, Town Basin, AH Reid Memorial Kauri Walk and Whangarei Falls

Kiwi North + Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park

One of the best nocturnal kiwi houses in NZ. 1886 kauri homestead, chapel and school. Museum, bush walks and a lovely picnic area. Open 10am-4pm.

15-minute drive

Whangarei Golf Club

18-hole golf course, 20-bay driving range, professional shop, bar and catering.

5-minute drive

Northland Golf Club

18-hole golf course, 20-bay driving range, professional shop, bar and catering.

10-minute drive

Sherwood Park Golf Club

18-hole golf course, 20-bay driving range, professional shop, bar and catering.

15-minute drive

The Pines Golf Club

18-hole golf course beside the sea.

20-25 minutes on the road to Whangarei Heads

Zion Wildlife Gardens

See the big cats and have a tour of the park. Be sure to book as it is a popular attraction.

25-minute drive


Whangarei District has over 300 beautiful beaches – something for everyone.

Tutukaka Coast (25 mins)
Whangarei Heads (15-30 mins)
Bream Bay (30 mins)
Helena Bay (45 mins)

Poor Knights Diving

Dive trips start at Tutukaka Marina – shuttle bus pick-up available from Stonehaven Motel.

Tutukaka Marina (30-minute drive)

Whangarei Restaurants

Dickens Inn and Rynoz Bar and Grill

Cameron Street: 3-minute drive/15-minute walk


Town Basin: 5-minute drive/15-minute walk

Killer Prawn, Salut and Ezumi

Bank Street: 3-minute drive/15-minute walk

Pimarn Thai

Rathbone Street: 3-minute drive/15-minute walk

Chinese Restaurant and Hell Pizza

Opposite New World 2-minute walk

McDonalds, KFC, Stakeout

Bank Street 2-minute drive/10-minute walk

Suk Jai Thai

Kamo Road 2-minute drive/10-minute walk

Red Pizzeria

Kensington Avenue 2-minute drive/10-minute walk


Kensington Avenue 2-minute drive/10-minute walk


Address: 30 Mill Rd,
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand

+64 9 437 6898

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