Whangarei Heads and the Whangarei Area


Whangarei Heads

Named for the looming pinnacles of Mt Manaia, the Heads is the popular name for the peninsula on the northern side of the Whangarei Harbour. It has a unique beauty and rare peace. So much to see and do so close to the Blue Heron — why go further?


Only twelve minutes away is Whangarei, New Zealand’s northernmost city, enjoying 2000 hours of sunshine a year. A vibrant city only two hours from Auckland, it enjoys a sub-tropical climate and unforgettable scenery. The Town Basin is the heart, with its cafes, galleries, shops and museums. It has an international feel, with boats and yachties from every port tied up.  Some specific recommendations are the A H Reed Kauri Park, Abbey Caves, the Whangarei Falls, and the Bird Recovery Center and Kiwi House at Heritage Park.


Extending from north of Auckland at Wellsford to the tip of the North Island at Cape Reinga, the winterless north has it all – surf beaches and sheltered bays, still forests and windswept islands, historic towns and the birthplace of the nation, and every water sport imaginable including world-class diving. Northland can be all things to all people.

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TripAdvisor’s Recommended Attractions in and around Whangarei

Lonely Planet’s Recommended Attractions in and around Whangarei