Parks & Reserves

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.

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.

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.

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.