Getting around Whangarei

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Fishing at Ngunguru, Tutukaka Coast

Whangarei city is a small city well served by a public bus service that provides transport to most areas.

The centre of the city is mostly flat and walking is an easy option. Bicycles are available for hire at the Town Basin.

Shuttles and tour companies provide a regular service to coastal areas, or you may find that renting a vehicle will provide you with the flexibility to explore these fabulous areas.

Rental cars are available from the airport or from the central city. One way hire may be available. You need to be at least 21 years old and possess a current driver’s licence or international driving permit to hire a vehicle.

There is a choice of local taxis and shuttle companies that meet scheduled flights at the airport.

Charter flights (helicopter or fixed wing planes) from the Whangarei domestic airport, are a great way to view Whangarei’s stunning coastline and rural interior.

Information about local bus services can be found here.

Visitor Guides & Maps

View or download visitor guides and maps for the Whangarei District, including the City and Town Basin, Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei Heads and Bream Bay here.

Take a look at our Accessible Whangarei page for information about mobility van and taxi services, how to access the free mobility scooter and, view the ACCESS Whangarei map that lists:

- Mobility parking spaces
- Accessible amenities including toilets
- Accommodation
- Conference facilities
- Retail shops
- Cafes and restaurants

Driving in New Zealand

Driving in New Zealand can be very different from driving elsewhere in the world. It is  important to understand our rules, and how our roads may differ from what you are used to. We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit; please take a look at the Driving in New Zealand and Drive Safe website, with information in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Portugese, Spanish and Arabic.

Find information to help plan a safe journey in Whangarei and Northland.

Read Fact Sheets with useful information about self-drive holidays and driving in New Zealand, translated in Chinese, Korean, German, Thai, Portugese, Spanish and Japanese