The Town Basin

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Picture perfect at the Town Basin

The Town Basin, Whangarei is a picturesque international yachting marina with restaurants, cafes and specialty shopping, loop walkway, art, culture and entertainment, history and heritage

For as long as people have walked this land and sailed these waters, the area around the Town Basin, Te Ahipupurangi-a-ihenga, has been a vital hub. Waka (canoes) assembled there in the earliest days, right beside the largest pa site in the country. It became a thriving port following pakeha (European) settlement, and for decades has been one of the most important international yacht havens in the South Pacific.

The Town Basin marina is now an international yachting community hub, 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.

Enjoy quality cuisine and refreshments including handcrafted beer, and experience Whangarei manaakitangi (hospitality) in a picturesque, waterside location.

Burning Issues Gallery and The Bach showcase outstanding works of art and craft from local and national artists. Watch the mesmerising art of glass blowing by international artist, Keith Grinter at Burning Issues. Check out art on a large scale at SPIKE Art Gallery.


Enjoy specialty shopping including treats like handmade fudge (the salted caramel is divine) and jewellery handcrafted by a master. Find other treasures with a kiwi and coastal flavour.

The Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi houses the city’s art collection, embracing both heritage and contemporary art work, and offers a captivating insight into the District’s history. The Museum has many internally curated and national touring exhibitions.

Claphams National Clock Museum has the largest collection of timepieces in the Southern Hemisphere, with a collection of clocks, that are rare and exquisite, or quirky and fun. There are many other gadgets that will surprise and delight both you and your children.

Reyburn House, built in the 1870s, is Whangarei’s oldest house and is surrounded by lovely gardens adjacent to the Town Basin playground. Enjoy exhibitions by local artists.

Let the kids loose at the playground at the Town Basin and enjoy an ice cream or coffee while they use up some energy – climbing, sliding, running, swinging, spinning! Pick up the key for the Liberty Swing, a wheelchair accessible swing at Te Manawa The Hub information centre. A barbeque is available for public use.

The Hatea Loop - Huarahi o te Whai meanders 4.2 kilometres around the Hatea River.

Enjoy the Sculpture Trail created by local artists, including murals by local and internationally renowned street artists.

Read about the history of the Town Basin on Heritage Panels that tell the fascinating story of Maori and European settlement of Whangarei.

Walk across the footbridge, ‘Kotuitui Whitinga’ and the international award-winning bascule (opening) ‘Te Matau a Pohe’ bridge.

If you haven’t brought your own bike, Loop de Loop Cycle Hire will have your perfect ride available for hire.

The entire walkway is fully accessible and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Dogs on a leash are welcome at all times on the Loop. But please ensure you clean up after them. Take a short detour to the Dog Park at William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island and they can run free.


Do some boarding at the skater designed park that has good open flow and awesome street art. Bike riders can have a heap of fun on the BMX track.

View or download a map of the Town Basin, Whangarei here.

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