Whangarei

Travel Guide
Town Basin Marina which includes a bay or harbour

With excellent cultural attractions and close proximity to the region’s most beautiful natural areas, New Zealand’s northernmost city is a great base for exploring the country’s Northland Region.

Come to Whangarei for its golden beaches, striking harbours, subtropical gardens and the local produce featured at its restaurants and markets. Visit museums, art galleries and many excellent shopping areas. Enjoy events year-round, including artisan fairs and outdoor opera performances, which contribute to Whangarei’s tight-knit community.

Stop by the Whangarei Harbour to cast a line with local fishermen or to watch scallop divers ducking beneath the surface of the water. A short drive from the city will lead you to Whangarei’s best swimming beaches. Head to Ruakaka, one of the region’s top beaches, just 29 kilometres (18 miles) from the city. Enjoy a refreshing dip after walking many of Northland’s scenic nature trails.

One such trail is the Mount Manaia Track. Follow the 3.5-kilometre (2.2-mile) hiking trail to the summit of Mount Manaia and on the way see native regenerating bush and stunning views of Bream Head and the surrounding Northland Region wilderness areas. The start of the track is less than 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the heart of Whangarei.

Back in town, visit the beautiful subtropical landscapes of Whangarei Quarry Gardens to see floral displays and dense forested areas. The former quarry contains many gardens, including an arid garden with cacti and succulents. Stop by the small on-site café for coffee and pastries.

Examine one of the largest sundials in the Southern Hemisphere at Claphams National Clock Museum, featuring a collection of almost 1,500 clocks. The museum hosts free guided tours, which can be tailored to suit your interests. See historic, fine art and antique clocks in the museum’s many fascinating displays.

Shop for fresh vegetables, subtropical fruits and artisan cheeses every Saturday at Whangarei Growers Market. The city also features many retail stores, gift shops and cafés with outdoor seating. Visit Cameron Street Mall, a paved pedestrian mall with some of the city’s best restaurants and stores.

Reach Whangarei’s city centre via the nearby Whangarei Airport or drive to Whangarei from Auckland in just over 2 hours. The regional capital of Northland has many cultural attractions in town and stunning natural beauty in its surrounds.

Where to stay in Whangarei

Motel Sierra
Motel Sierra
3 out of 5
26 Western Hills Drive, Whau Valley, Whangarei
The price is £64 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Located in Whau Valley, this motel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Whangarei Quarry Gardens and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mair Park and Claphams Clock Museum. Tuatara Gallery ...
4.2/5Excellent! (102 reviews)
"Friendly staff, good location. The bed is too soft to sleep on."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

Motel Sierra
Cheviot Park Motor Lodge
Cheviot Park Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
Corner Western Hills Dr. & Cheviot St., Whangarei
The price is £69 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Located in Woodhill, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tuatara Gallery and Claphams Clock Museum. Whangarei Art Museum and Claphams National Clock Museum ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (308 reviews)
"Always a pleasure staying here, rooms are nice and tidy and staff are always welcoming upon arrival."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2021

Cheviot Park Motor Lodge
Continental Motel
Continental Motel
3.5 out of 5
67 Kamo Road, Kensington, Whangarei
The price is £72 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Located in Regent, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mair Park, Whangarei Quarry Gardens and Whangarei Art Museum. Whangarei Falls and Dive Tutukaka are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (192 reviews)
"Beds were comfy, room was tidy and clean, wifi was fast and the water was hot in the shower."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Continental Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Regent Residential Villa
Regent Residential Villa
3.5 out of 5
13 Manse St, Whangarei, Northland
The price is £43 per night from 2 Oct to 2 Oct
Located in Regent, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Claphams Clock Museum, Tuatara Gallery and Whangarei Quarry Gardens. Whangarei Art Museum and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (19 reviews)
"The room in which we stayed housed comfortable beds for myself and my four grandchildren. The amenities available for our use were exemplary. We slept well, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, and left for the next leg of our journey with our clothes washed and dried. The owners of this house were very ..."

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Regent Residential Villa
Kingswood Manor Motel
Kingswood Manor Motel
3.5 out of 5
260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
The price is £67 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Located in Whau Valley, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Mair Park and Claphams Clock Museum. Whangarei Falls and Tuatara ...
4.1/5Very Good! (278 reviews)
"There was plenty of room for parking. Rooms were comfortable and clean. Very happy overall!"

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Kingswood Manor Motel
Private Cabin minutes drive from the city centre and local tourist attractions
Private Cabin minutes drive from the city centre and local tourist attractions
136 Abbey Caves Rd, Whangarei, Northland
The price is £76 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Located in Abbey Caves, this romantic cabin is within 3 miles (5 km) of A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park, Mair Park and Whangarei Falls. Claphams Clock Museum ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)
"The view and location of this place is amazing, very well looked after property. Definitely coming back."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Private Cabin minutes drive from the city centre and local tourist attractions
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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