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Wicked Whangarei

This gateway to Northland isn’t the most beautiful girl in school, but she sure knows how to party on Saturday nights. And when you wake up with a splitting headache, she’ll cook you killer eggs for breakfast and then take you on a trendy arts tour. So what we’re saying is: don’t judge a book by its cover. Or something along those lines…

Whangarei lies near the top of New Zealand’s North Island. She can show you the sights at Cafler Park, which spans Waiarohia Streamand Coronation Scenic Reserve. And then, if you’re good to her, Whangarei will show you all the hidden bars, clubs and pubs as well as the best places to eat. So if you’re looking for haunts that you won’t find on a street sign, Whangarei is an excellent city to sell your soul to.


10. Botanica Try to ignore the new-age soundtrack and just enjoy the tropical plants and ferns on display.

5. Quarry Gardens Picnic in this peaceful park with a lake, waterfalls and loads of sexy smells and sights.

9. Whangarei Art Museum Don’t get too excited – it’s not the National Gallery, but it’s got great local art and changing exhibits.

4. Whangarei Falls Twenty-six metres doesn’t seem that high – until you’re up there…!

8. Clapham’s Clocks If 1,400 clocks all ticking out of sync doesn’t make you want to scream, you should check out this National Clock Museum. In fact, go even if it does…

3. Museum and Kiwi House Explore the 19th century buildings and awesome collection of Maori treasures.

7. Quarry Arts Centre The bohos will love this village of art studios and co-op galleries.

2. Abbey Caves Check out three caverns full of glowworms. They are weird little things, but totally fascinating.

6. Native Bird Recovery Centre Poor little birdies. This is where the sick ones come to get better. Seems like they get a hospital bed quicker than we do!

1. Old Library Arts Centre See the works of local artists housed in this art deco building.


August brings the family spirit to town with the Mander Park Picnics Weekend.Take a Frisbee and stock your basket with local produce to nosh on.

Once a month in July and August, Sunday brings the Glenbervie Markets, offering local produce and stalls from travelling salesmen (carneys!).

Meet @ the Marina springs into September with live performances, buskers, markets and special menus keeping local restaurants open late.

December prepares for Christmas with the Waipu Boutique Sunday Market and Café. Everything from art and craft to jewellery to cheese and wine and produce is on offer.


· Summer in Whangarei see temperatures of around 25°C (77°F).

· Winters call for a jumper rather than a jacket, with daytime averages of around 15°C (59°F). But wear your socks to bed and your uggies in the morning, as there’s often a frost to wake up to.

· Autumn and spring see a decent number of sunny days and not too much rainfall.


· Walking is a great option. There are loads of little galleries and pubs hiding out that are easy to miss if you’re hanging your head out the bus window.

· The only public transport here is the bus. Tickets are $3 and will get you around town and into the neighbouring suburbs.

· Taxis are trustworthy, easy to find and will always use the meter.

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Hotels in Whangarei

5 hotels in Whangarei, NZ

1 Motel Six

3 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

153 Bank Street Map

To make your trip in Whangarei one of the most unforgettable moment of your life, Motel Six is the ideal place for you to spend a relaxed vacation. GeneralGuests travelling on official matters can... More

2 Cheviot Park Motor Lodge

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

Corner Western Hills Drive (SH 1) & Cheviot Street Map

With self-serviced accommodations set close to the city centre, Cheviot Park Motor Lodge makes for an ideal base for guests in a short- or long-term stay in Whangarei. Holidaymakers at this modern... More

3 Asure Cherry Court Motor Lodge

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

35 Otaika Road Woodhill Map

Asure Cherry Court Motor Lodge Whangarei Motel is the right choice for those who are looking for quality accommodation and service with pleasant atmosphere in New Zealand. Some of the famous... More

4 Lupton Lodge

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

555 Ngunguru Rd Map

Nestled in dry-stone walled gardens, the luxurious Lupton Lodge Whangarei designed keeping in mind the privacy, relaxation is an ideal accommodation base when exploring Northland, scuba diving... More