Attractions & Things to do in Whangarei

enjoy bush walks


Mair Park, near Aaron Court Motel, is an extensive forest reserve with bush walks, river-side picnic areas and a children’s playground. Whangarei Falls is a great place for a family picnic with a swimming hole & lovely walkways. The Falls are known as the most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand. In adjoining AH Reed Kauri Park, the children can hug ancient kauri trees from the wonderful tree-top boardwalk. These three parks are joined by a walkway that also leads on to the Town Basin.

Whangarei Town Basin Marina

Town Basin

Town Basin Marina, Quayside is packed with fun for the whole family. Centrally located in the heart of the city, the marina is a stunning haven for international yachts. While you are there, check out Claphams Clocks - the National Clock Museum, Burning Issues Gallery - craft gallery and live glass-blowing studio, Fudge Farm Café for hand-made local fudge, Town Basin Hire - try out the unique Orca Drive Aqa-cykle experience also kayaks, rowing skiffs, roller blades and scooters. Relax at one of the family friendly cafés and restaurants while the children enjoy the playground and giant chess board.

day cruises and tours from Whangarei

Cruises & Tours

For a gentle cruise that focuses on history - try Captain Percy's Historic River Cruises along the Ngunguru River

Explore the Poor Knights Marine Reserve with a day cruise from Tutukaka on “A Perfect Day” - includes lunch, snorkelling and kayaking

Take the family for a real Bushwacka Experience. Ride 4WD on a farm and bush tour, try abseiling, rock climbing, go for a bush walk and check out the glowworms.

Dining in Whangarei

Whangarei has many of the best places to eat in Northland with an extensive range of restaurants, cafés and bars for all budgets. There are different nationalities of food including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Italian and Indian. For fine dining, visit award-winning a Deco restaurant (2-minute drive from Aaron Court Motel). See below for a list of some of Whangarei’s best restaurants and cafes:

Whangarei Town Basin Marina

Town Basin Dining

Mokaba, Mondos, Tahuna Reef, Reva's and Serenity Café

Whangarei cbd has a wide range of food options

Whangarei CBD Dining

Salut, Vinyl, Butterbank, Bogarts, Ezumi, Killer Prawn, Asahi, Shiraz, Pimarn Thai, Dickens Inn, Amici and many many more

More Whangarei Dining
A Deco (Kensington), Tonic Restaurant (Whau Valley)

food courts, restaurants near Whangarei

Popular Restaurants near Whangarei

Schnappa Rock (Tutukaka), Marina Pizzeria (Tutukaka), Top Sail (Onerahi), Helena Bay Cafe (Helena Bay), Parua Bay Tavern (Whangarei Heads)