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  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand434 contributions
    Nice stop for lunch on a trip north. Easy to find and good sized carpark. The loos are not the cleanest. Really nice track to the falls and lots of places to get photos and have a picnic. I think they would be incredible after a lot of rain. Path through bush is really well done.
    Written 12 March 2022
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  • Dreamer14561189998
    3 contributions
    Great foresight from one man and an awesome community to make these magnificent gardens. We thoroughly enjoyed our well ome from Alan, wander through the gardens and greetings from the volunteer gardens and appreciate the amazing space, plants and environment.

    Easy to stroll and enjoy for a well deserved donation contribution. We probably spent a little over an hour but could have explored more, but went to enjoy morning tea at Quails cafe on site. (Good food and coffee.)

    Definitely recommend a chilled visit here
    Written 28 January 2022
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  • JoteePark
    Hamilton, New Zealand192 contributions
    Lovely, well-maintained track. Beautiful native bush, especially heartening to see so many mature and juvenile kauri trees and nikau palms. Thriving bird life - we were serenaded by tui and kereru. Spectacular views from several spots along the way.
    Written 26 March 2022
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  • 177Chris177
    Auckland, New Zealand80 contributions
    So much to see and do here. The shops are lovely to browse through and there are some great cafes. The Council have done a superb job of re creating this area.
    Written 27 March 2022
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  • angelaannie
    Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
    My daughter and I had a ball, father wasn’t keen! We had come prepared with head torches and water shoes, so we didn’t mind getting wet. These caves are not for the “ tourists “ who want to drive to the door and see some awesome caves. You have to be prepared to walk to them, scramble around rocks, get a bit wet and dirty. I wouldn’t recommend going into the caves for young children as the rocks are large and they wouldn’t have the reach to grip the boulders. But the surrounding rock formations outside of the caves are amazing!! So much fun had here playing hide and seek, climbing ect. Very unique rocks.
    We went right through the middle cave(organ cave) popped out 159m later, steep entry and exit was tricky. Hadn’t had a lot of rain, so water was only ankle deep. Other caves looked a bit more challenging.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • L0ve2Travel002
    Johannesburg, South Africa19 contributions
    If you are looking for white sandy beaches and a perfect swimming beach - ruakaka is the place to be. It’s a beautiful stretch of beach! Highly recommended
    Written 11 September 2021
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  • angelaannie
    Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
    This was a nice pocket of bush, and the broad walk up in the tree tops was awesome. Only a few old kauris left, but nice to be amongst them. We did this circuit at the end of the walk from the Falls. From AH Reid to the whangarei falls took about 25 mins, not the 45 they say on the signed. It is a pleasant flat walk, could not with push chair or cycle.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • Aston
    Whangarei, New Zealand6 contributions
    A great place that gives birds a second chance at life. People like this are the reason we have such a great place to live in, with animals and wildlife still being around.
    Written 7 July 2020
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  • Flanaganz
    Auckland, New Zealand355 contributions
    Great concept and part of some wonderful sculptures along the waterfront. Very enjoyable to view and so many interesting angles of viewing.
    Written 5 January 2022
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  • laurenr0che
    Whangarei, New Zealand16 contributions
    This is an excellent walk for the fit and motivated - try to avoid the middle of the day in summer - you will be beat before you reach the best bits. Pack a water bottle, good shoes and an attitude for adventure. This is a wonderful, historic site and worth lingering over. Try to get there for sunrise or sunset.
    Written 19 March 2019
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  • L_DTravellers
    Whangarei, New Zealand153 contributions
    No need to go to the South Island for Pancake rocks, we have them here in Northland. Great track - mind the tides for the stream crossing and it's best to go when it is dry and there hasn't been a lot of rain in the past few days because there can be some very muddy parts. The trail is pretty well marked, and it's not flat but not hilly either. As long as you are reasonably fit, you'll be fine. You can do the loop, but it comes back along the road so we always walk along the water and just come back the same way because the views are so nice. One time we did see seals in the water, which was a great treat. One of the best kept secrets in Northland :)
    Written 13 November 2021
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  • fandingo
    Auckland, New Zealand205 contributions
    We found our anniversary celebration gift at this gallery, and the added bonus was looking around a lovely space, with great energy and beautifully displayed artwork. The owner also gave us a recommendation on where to eat which was brilliant!
    Written 29 March 2021
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  • santo t
    Auckland, New Zealand7,582 contributions
    Location is a bit unusual, not in the city centre, but at the access of the city from south, at the main highway from Auckland, some 2kms from city centre. Anyway, the services were excellent. The staff gave me really good information including the walk track called 6C, 6B and 6A, as shown on the map, from Town Basin to Mair Park, from Mair Park to AH Red Park, and from AH Reed Park to Whangarei Falls And we really enjoyed our visit to Whangarei. Plenty of information and resources, maps, souvenirs here.
    Written 7 January 2021
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  • Philip S
    Dunedin, New Zealand206 contributions
    What a great setting for an artists commune - nestled below the bush-covered walls of an old quarry. The place is very laid back and though not all the places will necessarily be open when you visit, you are sure to find things of interest and someone friendly to chat with.
    Written 19 December 2019
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  • Tradesman48
    Auckland, New Zealand75 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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