There are over 100 different beaches on the Whangarei coastline where you can relax and enjoy the sand, water and stunning views. There are great surf spots, diving areas, swimming areas and places to just relaxing and soak up the rays of the sun. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is also fishing and kayaking available at the beaches. There are several different companies that can arrange a fun day out in the water or you can just enjoy the spectacular coastal views.
Be sure to take a drive along the stunning Tutukaka coastline. It has been named 2nd equal best coastline in the world by National Geographic Traveller 2010.
Restaurants and cafes
There is a selection of excellent restaurants and cafes to choose from with tasty flavours for all budgets. The Town Basin is a great spot to sample the local flavours with a choice of restaurants as well as shops and galleries.
The parks and gardens in Whangarei are filled with beautiful flora and fauna which are great to visit for a short walk or to relax and enjoy a picnic. The resident ducks line the ponds and Hatea River at Mair Park and it is a perfect spot for a picnic or to take some bread to feed the ducks and enjoy the views. From Mair Park, take a walk up to Mount Parihaka for views overlooking the city and harbour. Another park in Whangarei is AH Reed Kauri Park which has walkways to see the forest of Kauri Trees and a waterfall.
Free Whangarei activities & attractions
There are several free activities that you can enjoy in Whangarei including:
- Whangarei Falls: The 25 metre waterfall is the most photographed in New Zealand. Enjoy a picnic or just get some great shots when you stop at Whangarei Falls.
- Abbey Caves: See the tiny glowworms in the caves which cover 18.7 hectares. Bring a flashlight and good footwear as you journey at your own pace to explore the limestone caves.
- Smugglers Cove: Accessed by a walking trail or boat, the stunning views are well worth the one hour return walk. If you travel by boat there is great fishing in the area.
Plan your next escape to visit Whangarei and book your motel accommodation with Bella Vista Motel Whangarei.