Tourism

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Kayaking at the Poor Knights Islands, Tutukaka Coast

Tourism is a vital feature of the Whangarei economy and the region’s second-biggest income earner.

Whangarei provides an ideal hub for visitors to base themselves. They can make the most of the convenience of the small, attractive city's services and still be in easy reach of Northland's other attractions such as the Bay of Islands, Waitangi, the Far North including Cape Reinga and the Hokianga.

Over 300 Whangarei tourism operators leverage the Whangarei District's natural environment and status as Northland's commercial centre, offering a wide range of accommodation, activities and hospitality businesses.

Development of the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery, the last authentic Hundertwasser building in the world, will be an iconic landmark and unique point of difference for Whangarei. It is estimated that it will attract over 140,000 visitors a year. International consultancy Deloitte estimates the Centre will bring $3.5 million a year in net economic benefit to the Northland region - a compelling investment story for development of new tourism product in Whangarei.

Helpful Statistics

Information about Whangarei District's short-term commercial accommodation activity including guest night numbers, capacity, and occupancy rates.

Whangarei District tourism indicators, which measure the level of expenditure of both international and domestic travellers in New Zealand, are included as part of the Northland region figures.