Drive the meandering road that hugs the Harbour and end up at the beautiful sands of Ocean Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Swim or snorkel at marine reserves or kayak mangrove forest teeming with sealife. Surf or boogie board at coastal beaches with sparkling white sands and blue water. Throw a line off a jetty and maybe catch a fish.
If you're feeling energetic, discover two of the best of the best short walks in New Zealand; Mt Manaia and Te Whara; where the photo opportunities are plentiful and breathtaking.
Enjoy great food and refreshments with spectacular water views, or do what the locals do and pick up takeaway fish and chips to eat by the beach. Whangarei Heads also has a strong arts community with significant events(opens in new window) to showcase the local talent.