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Whangarei Falls

Otuihau Whangarei Falls is a picturesque waterfall, falling vertically for 26.3 metres over basalt cliffs.

Three viewing platforms allow easy access to the dramatic views and a circular walk around the falls allows them to be seen from all angles.

Traditionally this area was a good eeling spot for the local Māori and around the turn of the century it was known as a popular picnic spot from Whangarei.

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Whangarei Falls

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand enclave encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands next to the country's North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing and Maori cultural artefacts. It's also home to the 19th-century whaling port of Russell, whose waterfront promenade is lined with remnants from its days as the country’s first colonial capital.

Bay of Islands

Kiwi North: Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park

You will find Northland's only Kiwi House here at Kiwi North. Set on 25 hectares of rolling, volcanic farmland, forest and bush, with views that overlook the city of Whangarei and the Whangarei Heads the site features a museum, a nocturnal kiwi house and gift store, and unique Victorian heritage buildings.

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heritage park

Whangarei Quarry Gardens

A stunning subtropical oasis created by volunteers in the remnants of a former stone quarry in Northland, New Zealand. This restoration project is a powerful example of the strength of a community that cares for their environment. The volunteers have created a truly magical place for visitors to enjoy.

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Whangarei Quarry Gardens

Town Basin

The Town Basin marina is now a haven for an international yachting community hub, uniquely positioned in the city centre and founded on the city’s reputation for a warm welcome. Enjoy the everchanging landscape that alters with the seasons, the ebb and flow of the tide, and the coming and going of boats, people, birds and animals.

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Town Basin Whangarei

A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park

The A H Reed Memorial Park is a magnificent remnant of the original Northland kauri forest.

Maturing kauri trees known to be at least 500 years old can be easily viewed close up from a raised walkway through the forest canopy.

The bubbling Wai Koromiko Stream runs through the middle of the park and the Paranui Falls, at over 23 metres high, are well worth a visit.

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A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park

Mount Parihaka Lookout and Memorial

Parihaka is an old eroded bushclad volcanic cone and at 241 metres high is visible and recognisable from many places in the city. It is a former pā site and is one of the most significant mountains for Māori in Northland.

It would have been home to more than two thousand people and contains visible remains of house sites, storage pits and defences along the 3 km of ridgeline.

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Mount Parihaka Lookout

Adventure Forest

Tree-mendous! Located between Whangarei Falls and Tutukaka Coast, Adventure Forest offers high thrill activities packed with fun – a family-friendly must do in Northland.

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Adventure Forest

Beaches

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)
Tutukaka Coast

Poor Knights Diving

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

Tutukaka Marina (30-minute drive)

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Poor Knights Diving

Golf Clubs

  • Whangarei Golf Club (5-minute drive)
    18-hole golf course, 20-bay driving range, professional shop, bar and catering.
  • Northland Golf Club(10-minute drive)
    18-hole golf course, 20-bay driving range, professional shop, bar and catering.
  • Sherwood Park Golf Club (15-minute drive)
    18-hole golf course, 20-bay driving range, professional shop, bar and catering.
  • The Pines Golf Club (20-25 minutes on the road to Whangarei Heads)
    18-hole golf course beside the sea.
  • Zion Wildlife Gardens (25-minute drive)
    See the big cats and have a tour of the park. Be sure to book as it is a popular attraction.
Golf Clubs

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