Things to See and Do in Whangarei

Whangarei's Beaches
With over 100 beaches, the Whangarei coast  is the perfect destination for your summer holiday. The sheltered, beautiful, Whale Bay with idyllic white sand and azure waters is the perfect destination for a family picnic, with a safe beach for swimming. Just over the hill you will find Woolley’s Bay and Sandy Bay, well known as great surf spots.

Matapouri Bay is also a spectacular beach, with white sand and just a 20 minute bush / beach walk from Whale Bay. At low-tide, discover the Mermaid Pools, a great adventure for the kids, with warm rock pools to bathe in along the way.

Gardens, Parks and Waterfalls in the Whangarei Area
Whangarei is full of natural beauty, with an abundance of picturesque parks, gardens and waterfalls. Mair Park offers a peaceful bushwalk along the Hatea River, with ducks to feed and a great playground for the kids. Mair Park also provides access to the summit walk up Mount Parihaka, where you will find amazing views of Whangarei City and Whangarei Harbour.

If you’re feeling like a longer walk, venture upriver to AH Reed Kauri Park. Walk through a forest canopy of 500 year old Kauri trees, on the purpose built boardwalk. Whangarei Falls is also a must see on your way out towards the Tutukaka Coast. The Whangarei Falls are known as the most photographed falls in New Zealand and are a great all-seasons tourist attraction. Stay with Whangarei Central Holiday Park and explore all that Whangarei has to offer.

Museums and Art Galleries in Whangarei
If you’re interested in local history, Whangarei Museum and Kiwi House offers an insight into European and Maori history. Explore the colonial Kauri homestead, built in 1886, the chapel, school and working vintage machinery. Also be sure to visit the Kiwi house and meet New Zealand’s iconic Kiwi bird. Both are just a 10 minute drive from our Whangarei holiday park accommodation.

Clapham’s National Clock Museum is also a must see Whangarei attraction, located at the Quayside Town Basin. If you’re interested in art, Whangarei also has a range of art galleries, the larger ones being Reyburn House Art Gallery and the Whangarei Art Museum, both regularly featuring touring exhibitions.

Whangarei's Wildlife
Whangarei is home to the New Zealand famous Zion Wildlife Gardens. The gardens are dedicated to the preservation of endangered big cats and are located about a 20 minute drive from our holiday park. If you’re out at the beach exploring the Tutukaka Coast, drop in to Tutukaka Wild Adventure Company- formerly Bluewater Farmpark. Here you can meet exotic birds, alpacas, llamas, miniature horses and other cute farm animals. The park also has amazing views of the Tutukaka Coast from the onsite cafe!

A little closer to the town centre is Serendipity Farm Park, where your children can hand feed over 20 different animals. If you're visiting Whangarei with children, our Family Rooms provide the perfect accommodation.

Restaurants and Bars in Whangarei
In the past ten years, Whangarei’s bar scene and quality of restaurants has improved in leaps and bounds. Whangarei Central Holiday Park is just a two minute ride in a taxi to the centre of town. The Town Basin features Tahuna Reef and Reva’s on the Waterfront. In the city centre you will find Killer Prawn, Dickens Inn, Bogarts and Pimarn Thai Restaurant.

If you’re after a great bar, try The Butter Factory, Bacio Bar and Brasserie, Rynoz Bar and Stonegrill, Salut Bar and Brasserie or McMorriseys Irish Bar. Whangarei’s largest bar is Danger Danger, known for its late opening hours, great dance atmosphere and great drinks specials.

Shopping in Whangarei 
If you’re a shopaholic, Whangarei has shopping to satisfy all your needs. Tarewa Shopping Centre is just a five minute walk from Whangarei Central Holiday Park, with a range of large department stores. Just a further five minutes from the park is Whangarei town centre. Here you will find the latest fashions, The Strand mall with boutique shops, two food courts, surf shops, and specialty stores.

Also within walking distance is the Town Basin, Whangarei’s quayside tourist centre, offering New Zealand souvenir shops galore. Okara Shopping Centre is another of Whangarei’s larger department store shopping centres, located just a few minute’s drive from the town centre.

Whale Bay, Courtesy of Destination Northland

Town Basin

Art of Northland Courtesy of Destination Northland

Goats in Barnyard

Wine Glasses

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