Those who enjoy diving or snorkelling can experience one of the world's finest locations just off the Tutukaka Coast. Big game fishing is also popular here with marlin, tuna and sharks frequently caught. Or you can rent a beach house and enjoy swimming and fishing amongst the rock pools. On foot, traverse New Zealand's longest footbridge and visit 40-million year old limestone outcrops.
Surf or fish off the great Ocean Beach with its stunning rocky outcrops, hike Mount Manaia, picnic at Whangarei Falls, walk among the treetops of New Zealand's 500-year-old kauri trees. Relax in a seaside cafe in the Town Basin whilst admiring the yachts, then take a look around Whangarei's unique museums, galleries and boutique stores.
A diverse selection of activities are on offer at Bream Bay: admire the impressive limestone formations of Waipu Caves and try your hand at abseiling down; visit the beautiful beach resorts of Ruakaka, Waipu Cove, Langs Beach and Mangawhai; learn all about Waipu's Scottish settlers; and enjoy local arts and crafts. To catch sight of the highly endangered fairy tern, the nationally threatened NZ dotterel and Caspian tern, visit Waipu Cove Wildlife Refuge and the sandspit at Mangawhai.
THE BEST OF WHANGAREI + SURROUNDS
For more ideas on the best things to see and do, our favourite places to stay, and the top spots to wine and dine tantalise your taste buds with the best of New Zealand cuisine and delicious kai in this region check out our website.
Travel like a local with an itinerary created by a Kiwi travel agent. We'll work together to design a bespoke trip specifically tailored to suit your personal interests, tastes, travelling style and budget featuring local insights into New Zealand.