Located on New Zealand’s North Island in the beautiful lifestyle region of Northland, Whangarei is the northernmost city in the country. Known for its stunning scenery, culture, adventure, natural beauty and thriving arts community, Whangarei holidays feature secluded beaches, incredible coastline and inland farming and forestry. The ideal blend of coastal and countryside, Whangarei is a laidback harbourside town ideal for relaxing and enjoying a multitude of water-based activities and attractions.
This Whangarei travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this wonderful, welcoming region. The modern marina offers a cluster of cafes, art galleries, curio shops and restaurants all within walking distance of the city centre. Along the coast visitors can enjoy world class diving, fishing, surfing and kayaking as well as breathtaking golden sunrises. Just minutes from the city, you’ll discover scenic reserves like AH Reed Kauri Park or Parihaka.
Whangarei accommodation offers everything from comfortable 3 star motels to luxury 5 star hotels and everything in between. Concentrated in the city centre, Whangarei accommodation is also scattered along the coastline as well as further inland. Conveniently located close to a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment and attractions, Whangarei accommodation offers boutique stays, modern hotels, spacious self-catering apartments, charming bed and breakfasts and everything in between, with something to suit all budgets and travellers. Book cheap Accommodation in Whangarei
While lazy around the modern marina and exploring the city streets is a great way to spend your days in Whangarei, there are also a fantastic range of attractions to be found in and around the city. Quayside is a sophisticated leisure centre featuring colonial architecture, art galleries, museums, specialty stores, cafes, restaurants and entertainment. For a little more culture and landscape, Mount Parahaki is the highest point in the city. Once the home of New Zealand’s largest fortified village, Maori Pa, an enjoyable walk to the summit through native forest reveals excavations which are still visible today. Just west of the CBD, Maunu offers an excellent natural history museum and Kiwi bird house while a little further out you’ll find New Zealand’s most photogenic waterfall, Whangarei Falls. Keep going to Whangarei Heads and enjoy beautiful bushwalks at Bream Head Scenic Reserve as well as panoramic harbour and coastal views.
Famous country singer and reality TV judge Keith Urban was born in Whangarei. Whangarei is the warmest city in New Zealand with a semi-tropical climate that remains relatively warm in winter, earning it the nickname ‘the winterless north’. Covering an area of 13,789 sqkm, Whangarei is New Zealand's northernmost city and is actually comprised of a number of smaller towns. Whangarei features 270kms of coastline and 156kms of handmade stone walls. Whangarei roughly translates to mean ‘cherished harbour where the sperm whales gather’.