A travel guide to Whangarei, New Zealand providing Whangarei tourism and travel information with hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping, things to do and places to see.
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Overview

Whangarei is the capitol city of Northland. Founded on the edge of an extremely deep and sheltered harbor, it quickly became a thriving port. Today the port is also a mecca for recreational water activities, particularly yachting.  Whangarei has a mild climate with temperatures ranging from 6 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

Whangarei falls are a photographer’s dream. They drop 25 m into a deep green pool surrounded by bush and numerous walkways allow viewing from above and below. On a hot summer day, the upper swimming hole directly above the falls is a hive of activity.  Local children swing out on tree ropes, or dive from the top limbs of a tree into one of the deep holes, entertaining tourists with their audacity. The falls are on the outskirts of Whangarei in the suburb of Tikipunga.

Several scenic reserves are found in the Whangarei area. Parahaki Scenic Reserve contains Parahaki Mountain, with good bush walks and great views of Whangarei from its summit. Two of the clearly marked walks leave from Mair Park, at the western foot of Parahaki, the third from Dundas Road at the southern foot. All converge at the summit where the tall column of the Parahaki War Memorial stands. On all the walks, Maori pits and old gum-digging workings can be clearly seen. Regenerating kauri trees and a variety of ferns are also found in abundance along the tracks. Pick up a free Guide to Scenic Reserves and Walkways in the Whangarei district, is available from the PRO in town.

A.H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park, in the suburb of Tikipunga, is an appealing little park with a good variety of trees and a choice of several paths, see the surviving remnant of a kauri forest, Wai Koromiko Stream, and a waterfall.

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