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Whangarei: Love it here

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Whangarei: Love it here

Food scene
⋒ Delicious Indian cuisine
Turmeric Indian Restaurant
⋒ Delicious Indian cuisine
⋒ For a finer dining experience overlooking the harbour. ⋒ Go at night time to see the twinkling lights across the water and the bridge's light works.
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The Quay
31 Quayside
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⋒ For a finer dining experience overlooking the harbour. ⋒ Go at night time to see the twinkling lights across the water and the bridge's light works.
⋒ Looking for a bevvy, tasty food and somewhere to relax? Split bar has an amazing atmosphere and is divided in 3 parts to suit your needs (finer dining area, lounge area and outdoor sports bar)
Split Bar & Restaurant
15 Rathbone St
⋒ Looking for a bevvy, tasty food and somewhere to relax? Split bar has an amazing atmosphere and is divided in 3 parts to suit your needs (finer dining area, lounge area and outdoor sports bar)
⋒ Worth the drive out to Ruakaka or a place to pop in on your way down south. ⋒ Sells tacos. ⋒ Lots of beautiful beaches close to it.
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Land & Sea Cafe, Bar & Eatery
8 Rauiri Dr
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⋒ Worth the drive out to Ruakaka or a place to pop in on your way down south. ⋒ Sells tacos. ⋒ Lots of beautiful beaches close to it.
⋒ You won't regret it
Mean's Vietnamese Cafe
13 Rathbone St
⋒ You won't regret it
Bob Cafe
29 Bank Street
Sightseeing
⋒ Make sure to bring a water bottle as there are plenty of steps to the top of Mt. Manaia. ⋒ the platform overlooks Whangarei heads & is best seen for sunrise. Allow approx 45-1hr for climbing and 45 minute to the carpark. ⋒ Toilet facilities are on-site
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Mount Manaia
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⋒ Make sure to bring a water bottle as there are plenty of steps to the top of Mt. Manaia. ⋒ the platform overlooks Whangarei heads & is best seen for sunrise. Allow approx 45-1hr for climbing and 45 minute to the carpark. ⋒ Toilet facilities are on-site
⋒ This is beautiful walk that covers both coastline and mountianscape. ⋒ Head right from the Deck (cafe) and follow the road until you see a wooden sign for parking on the left. ⋒ Once up the mountain you can choose to continue upwards and come down around Reotahi or continue down to a little beach bay.
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Mount Aubrey
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⋒ This is beautiful walk that covers both coastline and mountianscape. ⋒ Head right from the Deck (cafe) and follow the road until you see a wooden sign for parking on the left. ⋒ Once up the mountain you can choose to continue upwards and come down around Reotahi or continue down to a little beach bay.
⋒ This bush track takes you all across the back of Onerahi. Chose a track that takes you to a secluded beach, through the mangroves, or find the swing bridge. ⋒ Great for photos and great for exploring the native ngahere (bush). ⋒ About 7 minute drive from here.
Waimahanga Track
⋒ This bush track takes you all across the back of Onerahi. Chose a track that takes you to a secluded beach, through the mangroves, or find the swing bridge. ⋒ Great for photos and great for exploring the native ngahere (bush). ⋒ About 7 minute drive from here.
⋒ A well-kept secret, this beautiful ngahere walk takes you native fauna + flora to a waterfall lookout. You can continue up through a Kauri track that allows you to listen to the Tui sing. ⋒ Water is safe to swim in
Taheke Waterfalls
⋒ A well-kept secret, this beautiful ngahere walk takes you native fauna + flora to a waterfall lookout. You can continue up through a Kauri track that allows you to listen to the Tui sing. ⋒ Water is safe to swim in
⋒ For the more adventurous explorers is the Peach Cove track. The full track is recommended to stay the night in one of Doc huts (please see their website for more details)
Peach Cove Hut
⋒ For the more adventurous explorers is the Peach Cove track. The full track is recommended to stay the night in one of Doc huts (please see their website for more details)
⋒ If you're visiting Aotearoa (NZ) and want to see some Kiwi head to Kiwi North where they have Kiwi rehabilitating that you can see. Be sure to check their website and go when they are doing a feeding.
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Kiwi North: Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park
500 State Highway 14
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⋒ If you're visiting Aotearoa (NZ) and want to see some Kiwi head to Kiwi North where they have Kiwi rehabilitating that you can see. Be sure to check their website and go when they are doing a feeding.
⋒ Best visited when the sun it out as there's a lot to explore. Cafe on sight (but it isn't great)
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Whangarei Quarry Gardens
37A Russell Rd
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⋒ Best visited when the sun it out as there's a lot to explore. Cafe on sight (but it isn't great)
⋒ Just 10 minutes up the road are these caves that are beginner - moderate. You will need to walk down muddy stairs and across a paddock to get to them. Make sure you bring a torch (head lamps are best) and be prepared to get wet. Cave Wetas do dwell in here :)
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Abbey Caves
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⋒ Just 10 minutes up the road are these caves that are beginner - moderate. You will need to walk down muddy stairs and across a paddock to get to them. Make sure you bring a torch (head lamps are best) and be prepared to get wet. Cave Wetas do dwell in here :)
⋒ A long walk but worth it. Half is across a paddock with 360 sea views then head down a whole bunch of stairs to cross an underwater pathway to the lighthouse. Take the trek up the mountain until you reach the top. ⋒ Needs to be done on low tide or you will not get across to the lighthouse, moderate fitness level required. ⋒ Stop off at Waihi at the marina on the way back for some hot choccie + fuel
Tutukaka Lighthouse Car park
117 Landowners Ln
⋒ A long walk but worth it. Half is across a paddock with 360 sea views then head down a whole bunch of stairs to cross an underwater pathway to the lighthouse. Take the trek up the mountain until you reach the top. ⋒ Needs to be done on low tide or you will not get across to the lighthouse, moderate fitness level required. ⋒ Stop off at Waihi at the marina on the way back for some hot choccie + fuel
Convenience
⋒ Head back down the hill and swing left. ⋒ Turn right at the roundabout, across the bridge and right at the second roundabout. ⋒ Turn on your left where you will find: The Warehouse, Kmart, Noel Leeming, Subway, Pita pit, Countdown & a few sushi shops.
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Countdown Whangarei
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⋒ Head back down the hill and swing left. ⋒ Turn right at the roundabout, across the bridge and right at the second roundabout. ⋒ Turn on your left where you will find: The Warehouse, Kmart, Noel Leeming, Subway, Pita pit, Countdown & a few sushi shops.
⋒ Just to the left from the bottom of the hill. ⋒ Also in this area: Stumpy's Fish & chips + Bakery
BP
121 Riverside Dr
⋒ Just to the left from the bottom of the hill. ⋒ Also in this area: Stumpy's Fish & chips + Bakery
Worth-it Day Trips
⋒ Want to swim with the fish or watch them from a glass-bottom boat? Goat island is a fun way to spend the day frolicking in the ocean with our sea friends.
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Goat Island
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⋒ Want to swim with the fish or watch them from a glass-bottom boat? Goat island is a fun way to spend the day frolicking in the ocean with our sea friends.
⋒ Walk your way down through native bush to find these beautiful waterfalls with a plunge pool. Water is nice to swim in and there is heaps to explore - pack a picnic + get that insta
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Piroa Falls
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⋒ Walk your way down through native bush to find these beautiful waterfalls with a plunge pool. Water is nice to swim in and there is heaps to explore - pack a picnic + get that insta
⋒ What's better than a winery that has good food? A winery with a outdoor interactive sculpture trail! Brick bay is a great place to relax infront of it's massive koi pond before heading out on the trail. The food is pricey + if you're not up for paying the price head over to Leigh and visit Sandspit cafe (about 10 min drive)
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Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail
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⋒ What's better than a winery that has good food? A winery with a outdoor interactive sculpture trail! Brick bay is a great place to relax infront of it's massive koi pond before heading out on the trail. The food is pricey + if you're not up for paying the price head over to Leigh and visit Sandspit cafe (about 10 min drive)
⋒ Book in advance and make sure to check Grabone for a coupon first!
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Poor Knights Islands
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⋒ Book in advance and make sure to check Grabone for a coupon first!
⋒ Bring some water and some togs you don't mind getting a bit dirty + smelly (it will wash out after a few times) and enjoy a day at these natural hot springs.
Ngawha Hot Springs
⋒ Bring some water and some togs you don't mind getting a bit dirty + smelly (it will wash out after a few times) and enjoy a day at these natural hot springs.
Beaches
⋒ One of the best beaches. The car park has surveillance but still make sure to leave valuables behind if you can or hid them (avoid obvious places like in the glove box or under the front seats) just to be safe. Has a toilet down on beach. Best sunsets seen from here.
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Whale Bay
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⋒ One of the best beaches. The car park has surveillance but still make sure to leave valuables behind if you can or hid them (avoid obvious places like in the glove box or under the front seats) just to be safe. Has a toilet down on beach. Best sunsets seen from here.