Burgundy Rose Motel
100 Kamo Road, Whangarei, North Island, 0101, New Zealand
More about Whangarei
View Of The "Famous" Poor Knights
Me at Whangarei Falls
Mondo's in the Town Basin, Whangarei.
Travel Tips for Whangarei
Slip Slop Slap
A good shoulder bag to hold keys, money etc. Although crime in Whangarei isn't rife, it's always a good idea to keep your belongings with you. A shoulder bag helps In the summer, all you'll need is a good pair of jandels, flip flops or thongs as the Aussies call them. A light weight top for the cooler evenings, a hat - especially if it's roasting and your togs (swimming costume)!!
In the winter it gets cold and rains a lot so bring your winter woollies and a umbrella or a raincoat! Remember also to bring loads of sunblock! The sun in New Zealand is pretty fierce and you only have to be in the sun unprotected for about 10 minutes to be badly burned! This is from Ozone depletion (the Ozone Hole) down over Antartica. Skin cancer is a major problem in NZ and if you don't want to be another statistic than slap on the sunscreen! SPF 15 is ideally what should be used! In some places if you are camping you may need some insect repellent. There are no disease carrying insects in NZ. A polaroid filter would be an advantage for SLR cameras, especially if you are by the water.
Kai Iwi Lakes
Kai Iwi Lakes consists of 3 lakes known as Waikare, Taharoa and Kai Iwi. They are considered to be the jewels of Northlands trout fishing. Many people go there during the summer months for camping, kayaking, water skiing, swimming and fun in general.
Kayaks can be hired by the half hour for around NZ$7. Lifejackets are provided and MUST be worn.
There are many bed and breakfasts, hostels, motels, holiday homes for rent etc in this area as well as the camping grounds at the lakes. There are 2 camp grounds, Pine Beach and Promenade Point. Pine Beach's facilities include cold showers, washbasins, toilets, fresh running water and gas barbeques. It can accomodate 500 campers. Promenade Point's facilities include drop toilets, and fresh running water and can accomodate 100 campers. There is no electricity at either of the campsites and dogs are not permitted.
I would advise you to book ahead for peak holiday seasons and long weekends. Bookings can be made through the Kauri Coast Information Centre, Normanby Street, Dargaville. Phone: (09) 439 8360 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dargaville is situated about 55km from Whangarei and Kai Iwi lakes is well sign posted from there (about another 35km's).
Gem Of A Waterfall
The Raumanga Valley Reserve and Waterfalls are definately off the beaten path. Although only small, it is still very pretty and well worth a look, especially if you are looking for a nice spot to have a picnic lunch, or just a break from travelling with a bit of fresh air.
The first part of the reserve is covered with lawn and has the occasional tree perch yourself under for shade during the summer. There are one or two picnic tables available for you to sit and have a bite to eat or simply to have a rest at.
Follow the concrete path up to the top of the falls and take in the views or alternatively bring your swimming gear and take a dip with the locals. The walk to the top takes about 5 mins and is a rather pleasant walk.
Once at the top you can either walk out onto the grass clearing which joins onto Raumanga Valley Road where you can walk down hill past the local houses in the area (my house included) or you can turn around and walk back down the path to the bottom of the reserve.
HOW TO GET THERE
Turn left into Raumanga Valley Road (just before the Information Centre). Drive/walk approx. 1km (2min drive or 10 min flat walk) down to the reserve on the right handside of the road.
Alternatively, park your car at the Information Centre, cross over the little footbridge into the park behind the Centre. Walk across the field and across the long bridge at the end. Turn left and follow the concrete path all the way along until you reach the waterfall. You cant miss it!!!
Enjoy your time with the locals.
Take A Hike!!
Mount Manaia has a walking track, suitable for people of an average physical fitness level. Some skill and experience may be required for the more enthusiastic hikers as there is an alternative route from the summit - 40 minutes one way.
Distance & Time
3.5km / 1.5 hours to the summit, 2.5 - 3 hours return to the carpark.
Mount Manaia is located at Taurikura Bay, Whangarei Heads. It is 403m above sea level. Starting with a steady climb, it gradually gets steeper with views that get more spetacular. There are no safety barriers on this track so much care is needed.
Places To Stay
Peach Cove Hut is the nearest Department Of Conservation Accommodation, which is situated at Bream Head. The hut sleeps 8 people with such facilities as toilet (composting), water and mattresses on bunks. The hut is locked but the combination is provided upon receipt of payment.
Fees: Hut - $10 per night.
Contact number and website below is for the hut. Bookings are essential.
Remember your sunscreen, insect repellant, a hat, warm clothing, water and most importantly of all your camera :-)
Located at the mouth of the Hatea River on Whangarei Harbour, this small city is the unofficial capital of the Northland Region. Whangarei has a superb natural setting, surrounded by bush (native forest) clad hills with the city centre beside the Hatea River estuary. Urban planning is not a strong point of New Zealand cities, but Whangarei's centre has a grid network of streets that make it easy to navigate. There are no particularly outstanding central city architectural highlights, though the river front area known as Town Basin, shows some consideration for the colonial aspect of Northland. It's a pity not more of the city centre looks like the Town Basin.
Cameron Street has been made into a pedestrian mall at it's western end and when I saw this in 2006, it looked good. There were lots of lush looking green trees and people seemed to be enjoying this public space.
The suburbs of Whangarei are interesting. Around Kensington there are some lovely old kauri villas.
I have always liked Whangarei, despite the poor press it gets down in Auckland. Sure, it's not a wealthy city, but the combination of the great natural setting, nice year round climate, and friendly people, make it one of my favourite "off the beaten trail" places in NZ.
If you are passing through, stop for lunch in the Town Basin, a bush walk up to the top of Mount Parihaka, a stroll around the Whangarei Falls in Tikipunga, or stay a couple of days and use this city as your base to explore central Northland.