Things to Do

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.

To view some of these attractions visit See&do New Zealand for some awesome videos of our district. For a selection around Whangarei click the links below.

Whangarei                                             Tutukaka Coast

Bream Bay                                             Mangawhai


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 the locals and links up with the Hatea loop track which leads right into the heart of the city and 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.

Diving & Fishing

divingThe 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.

fallsWhangarei Falls

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 the renown  Clapham 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 

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
Rust Avenue
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 Centreforumnorth

The Whangarei Centrally located Forum North is a community complex offering a superb theater 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 seminiars. Other facilities are available at Northland Event Centre with grand views out over the playing field.

Of course many of the local hotels and motels have facilities for meetings and conferences.

Venue Manager

Ph (09) 430 4244        Fax (09) 430 4212

Or visit the Venues and Events Whangarei Website for further information.