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.

Kamo Heritage Trails – Boswell Street – Town Centre

Bakery in Kamo

KAMO is a Maori word meaning ‘eyelash’, or meanings associated with the eye such as ‘eyelid’, ‘wink’ or ‘blink’, but it has also been said to mean ‘to bubble up’, referring to the numerous springs that are scattered throughout the district.

Kamo Heritage Trail – The Wider Kamo Area

Kamo Springs Hotel

Thomas Wakelin, a farm worker and butcher, became a cattle dealer and auctioneer, and built the first sale yards and the first hotel in Kamo. North Auckland Farmers ran competing sale yards, at the top end of Kamo, opposite Puriri Street. With two sale yards, Kamo was frequently invaded by mobs of cattle.

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.