Whangarei is New Zealand’s Northernmost City and enjoys a sub-tropical climate.It offers plenty to visitors, both within the District itself and also as a gateway to other Northland attractions such as The Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga
The Airport is located right inside the sea side suburb of Onerahi. In just a few minutes walk from the terminal visitors can be on the coast enjoying a pleasant walk along the Beach Road walk/cycle way. Going the other direction the walk will take you along the Waimahanga Track. This 2.5 km section of track follows a historic rail route across the mangroves and is well planted out with native trees. The 2nd half is through native bush. This is a very popular walking track with locals and links up with the Hatea loop track which leads right into the Whangarei Town basin.
Work is underway to link most of the already extensive Whangarei walking track network together. From sea views to deep bush all within easy reach of the airport.
Kingdom Of Zion
An attraction which is unique to Whangarei-can any other city in New Zealand offer anything like this within a 25 minute drive of the City Centre? The Kingdom of Zion is home to 33 big cats in a tranquil countryside setting. It is world famous as a result of ‘The Lion Man’ tv series which features Craig Busch.You can see lions, tigers,cheetahs and a black leopard whilst on tours which provide a unique opportunity to learn about these beautiful endangered animals.For details of tours and their timing, visit the Zion website by clicking here
Diving & Fishing
The Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is renowned as one of the worlds top dive locations. Further recreational diving is available on the artificial reef created off Tutukaka by the sunken frigates Tui and Waikato.
Excellent boat launching facilities available throughout the district, good shore fishing also. Big Game Fishing is exceptional in season (December to April) with record catches off the Tutukaka Coast.
Whangarei Falls is known as the most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand, dropping 25 metres into a beautiful bush-fringed pool.
Located centrally at Tikipunga, 5km north east of the city, a short 10 minute drive from the city centre.
Quayside Town Basin
In the heart of the city, a popular haven for international yachts, with an award winning waterfront development. Incorporates a renewed Claphams Clock collection, art galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants.
The central shopping area is centered around The Strand, Quality Street, and the newly renovated Cameron Street Mall. Specialist boutiques to nationwide department stores all feature.
Kiwi North: Including Whangarei Museum, Clarke Homestead & Kiwi House
The Exhibition Centre features relics of our European history and a fine collection of Maori artifacts. The Clarke Homestead was built in 1885 and remains a unique example of an original, unrestored homestead. The Kiwi House offers the opportunity to see our nocturnal and endangered Kiwi bird.
Mount Parihaka towers 242 metres above the city and offers a superb panoramic view of the city and harbour. The summit can be reached by road, or by walkway from Mair Park or indeed the walkways mentioned above.
Parks and Walkways
The district has abundant native forest and a great variety of marked trails to suit any age or fitness ability. Notable parks and walkways within the district are Mair Park, Parahaka Reserve, AH Reed Memorial Park (500 year old Kauri trees), Mount Manaia, Bream Head, Smugglers Cove, and Whale Bay. Abbey Caves are just a few minutes from the city centre, and offer an opportunity to discover extensive unspoiled limestone caves.
Beautiful beaches are all within a 30-minute drive of the city – sparkling white sands of the Bream Bay,Whangarei Heads and Tutukaka coastlines, or the tranquil beauty of Whangarei’s deepwater harbour.
Whangarei District Council
Whangarei Service Centre Forum North Building
Phone (09) 430 4200
Fax (09) 438 7632
Monday to Friday
8.00am to 5.00pm
The Whangarei District Council also has offices at Hikurangi and Ruakaka. All offices are able to accept bill payments and applications including building consents, PIM and LIM information, dog registrations etc. Each of the offices is connected to the main computer system so any information on your property, rates or water account can be obtained.
Cultural & Conference Centre
Centrally located Forum North is a community complex offering a superb theatre for local and visiting performing arts groups.
The conference and meeting rooms are available for hire to the general public for conferences, exhibitions, banquets and seminars.
Other facilities are available at Toll Stadium with grand views out over the playing field.
Of course many of the local hotels and motels have facilities for meetings and conferences.
Phone (09) 430 4244
Fax (09) 430 4212
or visit the Forum North Website for further information.