Attractions

Mount Manaia Walking Trail – a place of myths and legends

Visiting the Whangarei Heads area without admiring the sheer force of Mount Manaia is nearly impossible. Majestically towering over the Whangarei Harbour, Manaia combines myths and legends like no other. The 90-minute return hike to the summit is a must if you’re heading out that way. You’ll be rewarded with unsurpassed 360-degree views.

Onerahi Heritage Trail

The closing of the Onerahi Railway and dismantling of the wharf in 1933, as well as WW2 marked a significant change in the character of Onerahi.

Onerahi Heritage Trail – Early Onerahi

Onerahi/Onerahirahi has a rich history of settlement and development with significant Māori heritage sites and later interesting and diverse European development shaping the area.

Spectacular coastal views from the top of Mt Aubrey

If you’d like to enjoy some beautiful vistas over the Whangarei Harbour, but are intimidated by the sheer size of Mount Manaia, why not try hiking up its smaller cousin, Mount Aubrey? The track is suitable for people with a medium fitness level and offers spectacular views of the Pacific coastline.

Where to spot a Kiwi in Whangarei

Kiwi Bird

There aren’t many places in New Zealand where you can spot a kiwi bird. However, you can see the iconic flightless bird in its natural habitat in various locations in and around Whangarei. Apart from Northland’s only nocturnal house, kiwi birds are also growing in numbers throughout the district which means your chances of an encounter in the wild are increasing.

Things to do at Heritage Park Whangarei

If you’re looking for a fun day out with the whole family, there is something to see and do for everyone at Heritage Park Whangarei. From spotting a kiwi at Kiwi North to jumping on board a steam train or exploring local history at the museum. Bring a blanket, too, and enjoy a picnic on the grass.

Best Picnic Spots in Whangarei

Quarry Gardens

If you’re looking for something special to do with your family that doesn’t cost the earth, why not head out together for a picnic? Whether it’s in a park or by the seaside, Whangarei has lots of beautiful spots that are perfect for a great day out. Here are our top picks.

Best walks in the Whangarei district

AH Reed

Whangarei has got a stunning scenery that is best admired on foot. Several walks and tracks throughout the entire district are waiting to be explored, with track lengths varying from short strolls to several hour-long hiking trails.

Best playgrounds in Whangarei

Whangarei Playground

Entertaining your kids for free in Whangarei is fairly easy. With 36 playgrounds to choose from, there is one available in almost every suburb. We have looked at their safety, which age groups they cater for and what facilities are available in the vicinity. Here are the 10 best playgrounds in Whangarei.

Sightseeing – Auckland to Whangarei

Shakespear Regional Park

The fastest route from Auckland to Whangarei takes you along State Highway 1. The 2-hour journey is around 160 kilometres long, though it offers plenty of opportunities to stop along the way and explore, indulge or treat yourself.