Mount Parihaka is a Volcanic dome which is about 20 million yrs old. This is the highest point in Whangarei and you get wonderful views of the city and harbour from here. You can drive or walk up to the top.
The Town Basin is a nice area in Whangarei for shopping or browsing, and just sitting with a coffee enjoying the harbourside views of fishing boats, yachts, launches etc. The view alters daily as the tide moves through its cycle.
We had a look at some Galleries, there are a few to choose from!
Whangarei is considered to be the capital of Northland. It is situated along SH1 from Auckland to the north. An ideal stopover on your way to the Bay of Islands or Cape Reinga. But the city and its surroundings offer a lot more.
The Town Basin is located in the heart of the city along the Hatea River. Here you will find art galleries, crafts, speciality shops, cafe's and restaurants. Ideal spot for a coffee, lunch or diner on one of the sidewalk cafe's. The Claphams Clocks are also situated in the Town Basin.
'Downtown' Whangarei is another shopping centre, even with a pedestrian mall. Boutiques, department stores, pubs and restaurants are waiting for you.
Five km’s north of the city (on the way to Tutukaka) are the Whangarei Falls. These falls are 25 metres high and are one of the most beautiful in New Zealand. There is a loop track, starting at the car park.
Whangarei is also gateway for visiting one of the really lovely beaches north (Tutukaka Coast) or south (Bream Bay) of the city. Tutukaka is starting point for diving trips at the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, a world famous dive spot.