Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve

Boat at the Poor Knights

The Poor Knights Islands marine reserve is a natural treasure that should not be missed. With its mesmerizing scenery, diverse marine life and a variety of activities, this is a trip that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Exploring the best of Tutukaka Coast via Matapouri Headlands

Matapouri Bay is not only one of the most pristine white sandy beaches along the Tutukaka Coast, it is also […]

Discover Taheke Falls, Northland’s highest waterfalls

With 46 metres in height, Taheke Falls are Northland’s highest waterfalls and a great alternative to the busy Whangarei Falls. Slightly off the beaten track, the loop walk through Taheke Scenic Reserve leads through regenerating kauri and native bush, offering stunning views of the falls and the surrounding forest.

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.