Best beaches in the Whangarei region


With more than 100 beaches to choose from, anyone living in or travelling to Whangarei is spoilt for choice. There is something here for everyone, from family-friendly swimming locations to action-packed surfer beaches. Whangarei’s pristine coastline with idyllic white and golden sand beaches makes for some excellent holiday experiences. We have compiled a list of the best beaches in the Whangarei region.

Hatea Loop Track

Hatea Loop Track

Ever since it’s official opening in 2014, the Hatea Loop has quickly become one of the most popular spots for locals and tourists alike. It is fully wheelchair accessible and a favourite among families to take their little ones out for a bike ride or give the dog a runaround.

Botanica Whangarei


Founded in 1970, Botanica Whangarei is home to one of New Zealand’s largest fern collections. Discover colourful collections of tropical and subtropical plants, have a picnic by the pond or stroll through the Japanese Garden to reconnect with your inner self.

Whangarei Quarry Gardens

Subtropical Gardens

Some say the Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a magical place. And in a way they are. Solely established by the hands of dedicated volunteers, the once deserted stone quarry is now a luscious subtropical paradise that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Parihaka Scenic Reserve

Hatea River Walk

Winner of the prestigious international Green Flag Award, the Parihaka Scenic Reserve is a popular hiking destination for locals and tourists in Whangarei. The dormant volcano of Mount Parihaka was once the site of massive battles and massacres, and remnants of ancient Māori settlements can still be found today.