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The northernmost city in New Zealand, Whangarei is a half hour flight from Auckland—the largest city in New Zealand. A great place to relax and rejuvenate, Whangarei boasts pristine harbors, offshore islands, and bountiful beaches accompanied by a sub-tropical climate and a rural landscape. Visitors can enjoy some of the world’s best sub tropical diving, go for hikes amongst nature, and check out an impressive array of galleries and cafes during their next visit to Whangarei.
Things to Do in Whangarei
The Marlborough and Hawkes Bay Vineyards in New Zealand are renowned for their wine and have become major tourist attractions. There are various vineyards where you can stop in and sample the different varietals, including Fat Pig Vineyard, Cottle Hill Winery, and Marsden Estate Winery. Another fun thing to do is go for a chocolate tasting in Whangarei Heads peninsula at Flutes Luxury Accommodation, where they serve an afternoon tea and discuss the art of chocolate making. Be sure to visit Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary, a privately owned zoo at the site of the former Zion Wildlife Gardens property. Go for a hike around Bream Head, a scenic coastal forest reserve, and go diving or snorkel at Poor Knights Islands Marine reserve—which is said to be one of the best diving spots in the world. The most famous surfing beach in Whangarei is Sandy Bay on the Tutukaka Coast, where they hold an annual long board competition. Visit Whangarei Art Museum, which is the public art gallery of the Whangarei District that showcases the full diversity of creative art. Eat or get a coffee at one of the many amazing cafes in town such as Nectar Café, which was winner of “Best Café of the Year” five times and serves fresh, local, organic produce.
Day Trips Near Whangarei
The city of Auckland is just over two hours away by car, and offers many fun things to do and see—from the breathtaking harbor views from the iconic Sky Tower to Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park located around an extinct volcano. Another great day trip is a visit to the Bay of Islands, which is one hour north of Whangarei and offers boat cruises around the bay.
There are a variety of lovely accommodations in Whangarei, depending on what you’re looking for. The most common housing types are houses, units, flats and apartments. The city itself offers detached, private housing with nice yards, gardens, and plenty of space. If you’re looking for a more rural and coastal property that offers peace, quiet and nice views, areas in the Whangarei district to check out include Tutukaka, Whangarei Heads and Break Bay.
Transportation in Whangarei
You can opt for a rental car if you have a driver’s license from another country. Taxis are also readily available and can be ordered online or by phone. There is also a public bus service, CityLink Whangarei, that operates in the city and suburbs—children under the age of five travel for free.