Activities at the Blue Heron…or just down the road


When you arrive, get a copy of our “25 Things to Do In Whangarei”.  Written by our team, for those wanting to get the flavour of the area, it is the best of Whangarei and area, some touristy, some local treats, with something for every age and budget.

Watch the birds and marine wildlife…native birds such as tuis, fantails, wood pigeons, kingfishers and of course, blue herons all share the peace of our peninsula.  Pods of dolphins are frequent visitors, and killer whales and sea turtles have been spotted from the shoreline.

Watch the sunrise, or sunset…Because of our unique orientation, enjoy sunrises but in particular our spectacular sunsets. Even the occasional shower brings the most beautiful rainbows imaginable!

Go for a stroll…along our shoreline, or relax in the shade a pohutukawa, the New Zealand Christmas tree, with its seasonal bright red flowers, and enjoy…

72Go fishing…snapper, trevalli, kingfish, kawhai, terakihi – either fish from the shore or take a boat out on the beautiful Whangarei Harbour. Use the boat ramp on site, or the boat launching facilities adjacent. Fish cleaning table on the water’s edge.

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Kayaking…bring your own, or hire ours. Get up close and personal with the area by water, do some fishing or take a leisurely paddle around the peninsula and surrounding bays.

ThePinesGolf…The Pines Golf Course is only 1.5km away. Play eighteen holes on this course with its spectacular harbour views. Enjoy a game of Twilight golf, or a round of mini.

Tennis…enjoy a game of tennis at the Tamaterau court, a five minute walk along the beach.

Windsurfing…Good conditions for windsurfing, suitable for slalom, longboards and beginners with grass rigging areas. The water is a short chop with a mild current, and the wind is generally NW, N, or NE.

Go hiking and exploring…up Mount Manaia, towering 460 metres above the harbour entrance, and where the Heads got its name. Take a boat or kayak to Matakohe/Limestone Island, and see the thousands of trees planted by volunteers who have made the same journey to re-establish threatened species of fauna and flora. Walk across to Motukiore Island at low tide and visit the well-preserved Pa site.

Parua Bay Tavern…Tie up at the wharf, and refresh yourself in this historic pub, originally a dairy factory, and converted to a hotel in the 1940s, or enjoy some of the local catch stone-grilled to perfection. For an evening out, enquire about their shuttle service.

Surfing…follow the footbridge to the surf at Pataua, or Ocean Beach for