Whangarei, the City by the Sea, is New Zealand’s warmest city and is nestled between forest-clad hills at the heart of the beautiful Whangarei Harbour. Nowhere in the District is more than 40 kilometres from the spectacular coastline. Its compact town centre offers plenty of rainy-day diversions.
There’s a thriving artistic community, good walks, and interesting cafes and bars. As an addictively laid-back beach city with plenty to see and great places to stay, you may stick around longer than expected.
The ‘Town Basin’ is an attractive riverside marina, home to museums, galleries, cafes, shops, public art and an information centre. It’s an excellent place for a stroll, with a marked Art Walk and Heritage Trail. An artisans’ fair is held on Saturdays from late October to Easter under the shade of the pedestrian bridge.
Quayside is a sophisticated yet leisurely centre for eating and entertainment in the town basin. Modern landscaping blends perfectly with colonial architecture to create a gathering place for locals, visitors and yachties worldwide.
Head for the summit of Mount Parahaki, the highest point in the city. It was once the site of the most significant Maori Pa (fortified village) in New Zealand. The excavations are still visible, and an interpretation of the area can be seen at the site, which a pleasant walk can access through the native forest from the summit.
At Whangarei Falls, you can see the waterfall that’s often called the ‘most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand’. Drive further to Whangarei Heads and the Bream Head Scenic Reserve for great walks and panoramic coastal and harbour views.
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