The perfect holiday at Whangarei Heads

The Guest House at Ara Roa is nestled high on the hillside. Here's some ideas on nearby activities to keep you busy during your stay.

If you manage to book in for a few days or for that once in a lifetime vacation, here are a few ideas on what you can do with your days.

  • Walking and Hiking

Whangarei Heads is a peninsula of 6000 ha running from outstanding coastal beaches and bays to towering 20 million year old volcanic peaks dominated by Mt Manaia at 460 m. Containing one of the country’s premier forest reserves, the Peninsula is renowned for it’s natural landscape and rare flora and fauna. A number of outstanding bush and coastal walkways cater for a wide range of abilities, with lengths from a stroll to a full days walk. You can of course also do walks on the property. Comprehensive info on all walks provided.

  • Kauri Mt Beach

The 6-kilometre stretch of un-touched Pacific Coastline reaching from Bream Head Scenic Reserve to Kauri Mountain must truly be one of Whangarei District’s best-kept secrets. You will most likely either have this beach all to yourself or at most will meet a couple of local surfers or fishermen “in the know”. The Te Ara Roa pathway follows this beach so there’s access both north and south via this track.

  • Pataua South

This unique coastal community offers a clear water sandy estuary and glorious Ocean Beaches joined by a classic Kiwi footbridge. If it is low tide we can guide you on where to go “cockle-hunting” and at high tide during the summer, you might want to watch the local kids jump off the bridge – or perhaps join in on the fun! Swim, fish, surf, play and explore.

  • Kayaking at Taiharuru

You may be lucky enough to kayak with the Dolphins in the Taiharuru estuary. We can’t guarantee the dolphins but you are sure to see plenty of fish and bird life. During the summer months kayaking and swimming in this clear water is as close to being in tropical waters as it gets.

The Guest House at Ara Roa

The Guest House at Ara Roa is the ultimate retreat for a few days away or is often chosen as the destination for an extended vacation or honeymoon. Combining contemporary architecture and a high quality modern interior design, it is a unique luxury retreat in Northland. The custom built Guest House is perfectly positioned high on a bush clad hillside; allowing fantastic views to the Pacific Ocean and country vistas. Cleverly designed by local Architect Felicity Christian the house is designed to maximise the stunning views.

We look forward to hosting you at The Guest House at Ara Roa.

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