15 Best Whangarei Attractions Every Tourist Must See

The northernmost city Whangarei is a quiet rural city with a beautiful harbour, forests and hills.

Top Attractions

Overlooking the Whangarei Harbour and guarding the landscape is the iconic Mount Manaia. Legends tell of the family of the chief Manaia fleeing the mountaintop to escape an enemy, being hit by lightning and turned to stone. Tracks lead to the summit where 360-degree views can be enjoyed where ocean views are particularly spectacular. The Mountain overlooks the opposite shore, Marsden Point, where today, a large Oil Refinery perches. The Refinery has an informative Visitors Centre.

Gardens & Birds

An old disused quarry has been turned into a local volunteer incentive- The Quarry Gardens. 24 Ha of shrubs, forest and waterfalls, old ruins and a lake combine to make a picturesque site for weddings and other outings. Whangarei has a Kiwi Sanctuary where the national bird can seek assistance after injury- a frequent occurrence when dogs invade the forest where these flightless birds live. Visitors are welcome.

Shopping & Eating

The Whangarei Town Basin is an attractive peaceful hub, with restaurants, cafes, galleries, and a playground, the Art Museum and Claphams Clocks Museum. The Town Basin boasts a number of craft shops selling kiwi-ana and coastal themed items in shops that overlook a multitude of moored boats.

Day Tours

The majestic Kauri is one of the largest and oldest trees in the world and 2000 year-old ‘Tane Mahuta’ has a girth of 13.8m and a height of 51m. The “Lord of the Forest’ is found in the Waipoua Forest on the West Coast, a pleasant drive across the countryside. A wonderful informative stop on the way is The Kauri Museum, which gives an insight into all aspects of the Kauri, the logging, the gum it produces and the furniture made from its beautiful wood. This is one of the best museums in New Zealand! Smaller Kauri, a mere 500 years in age, can be seen within the city boundaries at The AH Reed Kauri Park.

15 Most Popular Attractions in Whangarei

1. Packard and Pioneer Museum

    Visit the Packard & Pioneer Museum and experience the wonder of this unique collection which spans the decades from the Industrial Revolution to the
  • Adults $20; Children $10
  • +64 09-434-8214
  • The Packard & Pioneer Museum, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Open for guided tours

2. Kauri Museum

  • Adult $25; Child $8
  • 09 431 7417
  • The Kauri Museum, Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • 1

3. Waipu Museum

  • Adult $8; Child $6
  • 64 9 432 0746
  • Waipu Museum, The Centre, Waipu, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4pm
  • 1

4. Claphams National Clock Museum

  • Adults $10; Children $4
  • 64 9 438 3993
  • Claphams Clock Museum, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • 1

5. Abbey Caves

  • Free
  • Abbey Caves, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
  • Open 24 hours

6. Whangarei Quarry Gardens

  • Donation accepted
  • Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Russell Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • 1

7. Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre

  • Donation accepted
  • Bird Recovery Centre, State Highway, Maunu, New Zealand
  • Mon & Fri 1pm-4.30pm, Tue-Thu 10am-4.30pm.

8. Whangarei Falls

  • Free
  • Whangarei Falls, Ngunguru Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Open 24 hours
  • 2

9. Kiwi North, Kiwi House and Museum

  • Adult $20 Child $5
  • Kiwi North: Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park, State Highway 14, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4pm
  • 1

10. Quarry Arts Centre

  • Free
  • The Quarry Arts Centre, Selwyn Avenue, Avenues, New Zealand
  • Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm
  • 1

11. Whangarei Art Museum

  • Free
  • Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4pm

12. Adventure Forest

  • Adult $39 Child $29
  • Adventure Forest, Maruata Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm

13. AH Reed Kauri Park

  • Free
  • AH Reed Memorial Park, Whareora Road, Whareora, New Zealand
  • Open 24 hours
  • 1

14. Ruakaka Beach

  • Depending on stay
  • Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park, Ruakaka Beach Road, Ruakaka, New Zealand
  • Opens daily
  • 1

15. Burning Issues Gallery

  • Free
  • Burning Issues Gallery, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm


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