Whangarei City

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The Mall, Whangarei City

Sub-tropical Whangarei is a small, attractive city with art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes, bars, library and events. It is Northland’s only city and largest commercial centre, a mere two hours drive from Auckland, the economic hub of New Zealand.

Local's Tips

The Whangarei Growers Market offers an abundance of locally grown produce along with preserves, honey, eggs, beef, flowers and more. It is held at Water Street every Saturday from 6am to 10.30am.

The Central City

The very heart of the city is closed to traffic and has gardens, seating and sculpture - take a seat and enjoy. Everywhere is within walking distance as the land is flat and the city is compact.

The Whangarei Growers Market offers an abundance of locally grown produce along with preserves, honey, eggs, beef, flowers and more. It is held at Water Street  every Saturday from 6am to 10.30am.

Town Basin

The Town Basin precinct is an international yachting community hub, uniquely positioned in the city centre and founded on the city’s reputation for a warm welcome and as a haven from the Pacific hurricane season.

This water-side area is a wonderful destination for all visitors with cafes and restaurants, craft and art galleries, museums, specialty shops and children’s playground and petanque court. Enjoy the frequent markets and events amidst the ever-changing scenery of boats, people, birds and animals.

The fully accessible 4.2 km Hätea Loop Huarahi o te Whai harbourside walkway, begins at the Town Basin and follows the Sculpture Trail featuring works by local artists. Read the fascinating history of the area on the Heritage Panels. Walk across the elegant footbridge, ‘Kotuitui Whitinga’ and the impressive, international award-winning ‘Te Matau a Pohe’ bascule (opening) bridge. The entire walkway is fully accessible.

Take a Walk

Immerse yourself in the green and fragrant native forest by walking from the Town Basin to the Whangarei Falls (catch a bus back into the city). The full walk is about three hours one way or you could choose to do just a short section of the walk. The AH Reed Memorial Kauri Park is a five minute drive from the city centre and features a tree-top board walk and stately kauri trees.

Whangarei Falls / Otuihau

A picturesque 26 metre high waterfall with native forest and lovely picnic spots. Enjoy the view from three easy to access viewing platforms or walk the short loop track to the base of the waterfall.

Art & Craft, Heritage & Treasures

Whangarei Art Museum is permanent home for the city's art collection and embraces both heritage and contemporary artwork.
Kiwi North and Heritage Park has loads of amazing things to delight you – trains, vehicles and engines, Maori taonga (treasures), military items, colonial buildings and household items, historical medical collection. Enjoy the Live Days, held monthly when everything is up and running and you can ride a miniature train!
Claphams National Clock Museum has the largest collection of timepieces in the Southern Hemisphere; be surprised and delighted by Victorian cuckoo clocks, rare antiques and many unique and fun clocks.
Reyburn House Art Gallery in a Historic Home belongs to the Northland Society of Arts and has frequent exhibitions by New Zealand artists.

Truly Unique Wildlife

Only in New Zealand will you see these two animals – the iconic kiwi bird and the tuatara that walked the earth with dinosaurs. Visit the Nocturnal House at KiwiNorth and you may see both.

Parks

Laurie Hall Park features a waterfall and gardens. There are grassed areas for picnics and a playground for the kids. The park features the ANZAC Memorial and WW1 cenotaph memorial. 

 Cafler Park, with its gorgeous rose beds, can be accessed from Water Street, First Avenue or  the Forum North car park. The Waiarohia River runs along its boundary. Botanica, at First Avenue, has displays of colourful subtropical flowers and houses containing cool, green ferns and filmy ferns.

Whangarei Quarry Gardens is set in over 60 acres of a former quarry. The unique microclimate is ideal for growing an abundance of native and exotic subtropical plants. The gardens feature a lake, waterfall, walking paths, forest walks, a variety of garden styles and several historic remnants. Enjoy the perfect picnic spot or the cafe.