Things to do in Whangarei

Top Things to Do in Whangarei

Things to Do in Whangarei

Top Attractions in Whangarei

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  • Georgia
    Palmerston North, New Zealand19 contributions
    Beautiful scenery. It was great to walk to the bottom and view the falls from the bottom. Well formed track and lots of viewing platforms. Great for picnics as there are lots of benches and places to sit.
    Written 22 October 2023
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  • Joanne O
    Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
    We had the most wonderful experience on this trip. The combination of physical challenge, magnificent views and stunning food made it one to remember. If you are considering this - please up in with both hands. You will make the most wonderful life-time memories.
    Written 23 September 2023
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  • Richard T
    Tauranga, New Zealand11 contributions
    My wife is a professional artist and we have friends who had visited the Hundertwasser Art Centre in January and recommended it to us enthusiastically. Therefore, having lived in Onerahi, Ngunguru and Kamo during my first 17 years, a return to the region of my birth, coupled with a visit to the Hundertwasser, seemed like a great idea on the occasion of my 70th birthday. I can certainly say it was an excellent idea. It was great to see the tasteful development of the old Town Basin and we had the additional pleasure of hitting it (by shear luck) at the time of the Fri night Canopy Food Market. Dinner sorted!! On the Sat morning we went to the Hundertwasser for a couple of hours and loved it. I know there was a lot of discussion and controversy surrounding the funding and building of the Centre, but now that it's completed I can say it is world class and a fantastic asset for Whangarei, Northland and NZ. The art works, exhibits, displays, explanations, photos, memorabilia and the museum itself tell a wonderful story of a true genius. Hundertwasser was a fabulously creative, innovative, eccentric, bold, caring, visionary artist and architect. Some of the exhibits are particularly poignant. I loved the carpet made of one of his artworks by weavers in Afghanistan. Then a little later I learned it was the same carpet that adorned his cabin at the time he died on board a cruise ship off the coast of Australia. Letters between him and politicians and others illuminate the type of person he was. Then, there's the magical roof garden which is a joy to behold. We thoroughly recommend the Hundertwasser Art Centre, together with the Wairau Maori Art Gallery - the first unique and dedicated public Māori Art Gallery in Aotearoa New Zealand, with various exhibitions throughout the year.
    Written 4 December 2023
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  • Ali
    New Zealand491 contributions
    There is more than meets the eye there, with kiwi, museum, walks, trains, observatory and bird hospital. Pencil 3rd Sunday of the month for train rides. You can also take a Route 6 bus from the Whangarei city( Rose st, bus depot) for an easy ride there. Not all the facilities are open all the time, please check when the train rides are, they are on more frequently during the school holidays. Some museum exhibits are trying a bit too hard(like a teddy bear from 2000 which was given to someone when they were an adult ), but the staff is lovely and helpful and the money are used for a good cause.
    Written 7 November 2023
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  • Diane H
    Folkestone, UK107 contributions
    We were looking for somewhere to stop to stretch our legs and have lunch whilst driving from Pahia to Orewa. We found the quarry gardens by researching the area around, Whangerei.

    What a great place! Free entrance but with a donation box. Friendly staff and , beautiful gardens. Several different trails around the gardens (one closed due to the floods). We loved how the quarry has been transformed Some beautiful plants.
    The restaurant was excellent, great staff and very tasty food. Spotlessly clean everywhere.
    Thoroughly enjoyed our few hours here. Well done to all the staff and volunteers.
    Written 30 March 2023
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  • Trek34492163067
    1 contribution
    Outstanding view. Well formed track, under repair following recent weather events. Check signs at entrance from car park. Steps and walking platforms where needed means that access is good fr most people capable of walking up steps 310m to top. Comfortable 1 hour to top and slightly less on the way down
    Written 1 May 2023
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  • Melanie T
    35 contributions
    You could see just as much if not more snorkelling than diving. Great experience and can recommend Dive! Tutakaka.
    Written 3 April 2022
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  • Greg548
    Maidenhead, UK369 contributions
    A very interesting and absolutely fascinating collection. Well presented with lots of interesting information. The staff were excellent - really knowledgeable, interested and informative. We spent almost two hours there.

    Highly recommended!
    Written 24 November 2023
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  • Lynn C
    16 contributions
    Something here for all ages, The Hundertwasser Gallery is the gem on the waterfront- great coffee and general ambiance is delightful - well done Whangarei
    Written 25 May 2023
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  • JPY
    London, UK578 contributions
    This beach is so easy to access via a short path from the road. Plenty of parking.
    Huge beach and easy to get a spot to yourself.
    Written 9 May 2023
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  • Stephen T
    2 contributions
    NOTICE: Earlier this past year, the caves were shut down after a 9 year old child passed in the caves. While the path is open (partially), all cave entrances are blocked. You will not be able to get in or even see the cave entrances. However, if you're passing by here, the pathway around the caves that are still open are gorgeous (albeit short in what is accessible). A mixture of forest and rolling green pastures with beautiful limestone outcrops, the place was magical in the evening. I felt like little hobbitons would pop out around the corner to greet us.

    One more thing, Google maps does not have the right location. Look for a fairly large parking lot on Abbey Caves Road and follow signs around the area. The entrance to the trail is across the street, uphill, and somewhat hidden.
    Written 23 November 2023
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  • Culture37998847985
    1 contribution
    Stumbled onto this art gallery by accident! We had a very warm welcome by the friendly staff, who immediately gave us a short explanation of the exhibitions that were going on! Very intriguing artwork that will make you pause and think. Would recommend!
    Written 3 December 2023
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  • Benjamin Moye
    Norwich, UK400 contributions
    Lovely park with a Great Kauri tree, waterfall and raised boardwalk. Can easily access from a path from the Whangarei Falls.
    Written 26 January 2023
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  • Jane T
    12 contributions
    This has a very good amount of ceramics, paintings and jewellery pieces. A few smaller items are more reasonably priced. Some works are very expensive. Well worth visiting.
    Written 5 March 2023
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  • Tradesman48
    Auckland, New Zealand76 contributions
    Museum interesting, as is the whole area. Recommend walkimg the loop pathway rather interesting with bridges that open for boats.
    Written 12 May 2022
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