Many tourists visit Whangarei to go scuba diving in the marine reserve off the Poor Knights Islands. Apart from diving, there are plenty of other water sports you can try while you're here. Just some of those activities include swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, wakeboarding, kite-surfing and kayaking. If you'd prefer to get active on the land, wot about hiking up Mt Parahaki, where you can see the excavations of the fortified Maori village? Bream Head Scenic Reserve is another great place to go walking and check out the panoramic coastal views.
If shopping is more your style, the Cameron Street Mall might tickle your fancy. Or, if you love markets, make sure you pop by the Growers Market, held every Saturday morning. The Town Basin, less than a kilometre from the CBD, is the go-to place for eateries and entertainment. It's also the best place to browse unusual stores and pick up some pottery, artwork or printed fabrics. The quirky Clock Museum and the Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi can also be found here. From the Town Basin, you can take the three hour walk along the Hatea River to Whangarei Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in the country.
Getting Here and Around
Auckland Airport is only about 175 km south and Whangarei has an excellent public bus service, so getting around won't be a problem. If you want to spend some time in Auckland before making your way here, you can stay in one of our Auckland hotels and then catch a coach bus to Whangarei.
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