Whangarei Things to Do

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    beauty of a waterfall

    by kiwi_goddess Updated Jun 18, 2004

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    I highly recommend going to the Whangarei Falls as its well worth a look. During the summer time there is regularly an abseiling team there with the opportunity to scale down these falls. Many a nice photo can be taken here from both above the falls and below it. There is a 15 - 20 minute trail that starts you at the top, takes you down over a bridge at the bottom (be prepared to get a little wet from the spray of the falls) and then back up the other side again. Also during the summer it tends to be quite a busy little spot both popular with locals and tourists alike. You will find many of the local people swimming here in the warmer months. So bring a towel if you feel like a dip in the water. There are public toilets and pay barbeque facilities here. There are also a few picnic tables or alternatively a nice shady spot under a tree will suffice for a picnic lunch. There is a small convenience store 10 minutes walk away from this location. This waterfall in particular is known as the most photogenic in New Zealand. It drops 25 metres into a beautiful bush-fringed pool below. Be sure to bring your camera and enjoy your visit!!

    tranquil beauty
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    Whats new pussycat??

    by kiwi_goddess Written Jun 19, 2004

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    The Zion Wildlife Gardens are a relatively new thing to Whangarei. The park relocated to the Whangarei area from the far north in 2003. This is your best chance to get up close and personal with big cats. Here you will find 12 rare Barbary Lions and 4 Royal White Tigers. Also an Orange Bengal Tiger and cub and 2 Serval Cats. Both the Barbary Lions and the Royal White Tigers are extremely rare and are labelled "extinct" in the wild.

    Zion Wildlife Gardens offers guided and private tours for groups and individuals every day of the week. Bookings are essential. Private tours are $150 per person and a minimum of 2 people are required. You will have exclusive escorted access to the park and animals and interaction with some of the big cats. NOTE: children under 16 years of age are not permitted to participate in the private tours. General admission into the park is Adult: $25, Children 2-12yrs: $15, Family Rate (2 adults &3 children): $80, Children under 2yrs are free. There is a giftshop on site also.

    There are a few other animals including free ranging deer and Foxy the baboon. The park is still under construction as they are planning to extend their family of animals, but it is definately open for business.

    The photo I have put on here is when I went to visit the lion cubs Aslan & Narnia. I got to cuddle both of them and play with them. These babies are now 18 months old.

    Aslan & Narnia
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    a scuba divers paradise

    by kiwi_goddess Updated Jun 19, 2004

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    The Poor Knights Islands is an awesome playground for the serious. The water temperature is and visibility is significantly greater than in nearby coastal waters. Underwater caves, tunnels and archways are home to an extraordinary variety of sea weeds and friendly colourful fish.

    Diving at the Poor Knights is rewarding at all times of the year. Mid January to late April presents excellent all round diving. The water is warm 20 - 23 Celcius (70F) and the water is clear, averaging 20 metres visibility.

    From May to early September the visibility is excellent but the temperature falls to a winter low of 15 - 16 Celcius.

    For the experienced diver there are excursions that will take you to the 2 shipwrecks that are 28 and 30 metres below water. The former HMNZS Tui, a former US Navy Ship and HMNZS Waikato, a leander class frigate are the wrecks you will get to explore deep down below the waters surface. Complimentary coffee and hot soups await you when you surface.

    The Poor Knights Sightseeing & Eco-Adventure is a trip for everyone. You dont have to be a diver to enjoy NZ's oldest island reserve. On the island you will encounter plant and animal life that occur no where else on this planet, such as the Poor Knights Water Lily and the Tuatara, a living dinosaur.
    Of course it wouldnt be a sightseeing trip if you didnt enounter dolphins and of course, seasonally, orcas and whales. Oh yeah, and between dives there are hot drinks, hot showers and fresh water rinses for underwater cameras. Also the boats have enclosed cabins, toilets and storage room for your personal equipment.

    Check in at the dive centre is 8 - 8:15am. Departure time for the Tui is 8:30am and the Waikato is 11:30am and 2:30pm. Departure to the Knights is 8:45 - 9am and takes 40 - 60 minutes IF you dont see dolphins and whales on the way.

    All dive gear, wetsuits inclusive are available for hire.

    The Poor Knights Islands were named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world!!

    an underwater treasure
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    Whangarei Museum and Kiwi House

    by kiwi_goddess Written Jun 19, 2004

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    The Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House, Heritage Park and Clarke Homestead are situated 3 minutes drive from downtown on state highway 14.

    The Museum features relics of our European history and a fine collection of our Maori Artefacts.

    At the Kiwi House you will have the opportunity to see our native nocturnal and endangered bird "the kiwi" which is more often than not, a rare sight to find in the wild.

    Heritage Park boasts a number of events all year around, more so in the summer months with their "Live Days" which are held regularly providing a unique opportunity for an insight into the way life once was.

    The Clarke homestead was built in 1885 and remains a uniqu example of an origional, unrestored homestead.

    It is open daily from 10am to 4pm

    only found in NZ
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    sweet tooth

    by kiwi_goddess Updated Jun 20, 2004

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    The Fudge Farm is a specialty shop where you can get good old fashioned creamy fudge in many different flavours. Some of these yummy flavours include Chocolate Supreme, Tia Maria, Baileys, Rum & Raisin, Black Forest, Coffee Bean Supreme, Macadamia, Coconut Creme, Ginger, Peppermint, Orange, Russian Caramel, Strawberry & Creme, and Vanilla.

    As well as Fudge, the shop also sells fudge cheesecake, fudge muffins, ice cream sundaes, parfaits, mousse and gateaux.

    If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, then this place is definately for you.

    The Fudge Farm is prepared to deliver around the world so you dont have to wait to visit Whangarei. Lucky for you huh lol

    If you cant choose between all these flavours, they give free samples to help you make your mind up :-)

    yummy scrummy

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    Test Your Tastebuds

    by kiwi_goddess Written Jun 23, 2004

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    For the wine lovers, we have a local winery where you can put your tastebuds to the test and try out all the different wines to find something that tickles your fancy. If travelling in a group as an organised prearranged tour, your hosts will provide a selection of cheeses and crackers and as an added bonus you get to keep your wine glass.

    Longview Estate is the oldest established vineyard in Northland. It consists of 7 hectares of grapes which include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Syrah, Chardonnay, Gerwurztraminer.

    Open daily for tastings and sales.
    Summer Hours: 8:30am - 6pm
    Winter Hours: 8:30am - 5pm
    Closed Sundays
    (May - Sept)

    A summers day on the vinyard
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    A World In Time

    by kiwi_goddess Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    The Clapham's Clock Museum is said to be the largest collection of clocks, timepieces and music boxes in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Origionally from England, Archibald Clapham who was born in 1882 was a mechanical engineer with a passion for clocks.....especially those of a humorous element. His origional collection was made up of some 400 pieces and was exhibited in many different places around Whangarei, but now thanks to the District Council, the museum is located at the Town Basin.

    Clapham's Clocks has over 1500 timepieces on display. And for those of you who are running on a tight schedule, there is a grandfather clock that keeps correct time.

    Winter hours are: 9am - 5pm and Summer hours are: 9am - 8pm. The museum is open 7 days a week.

    Huge Sundial
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    Parahaki View Top

    by Kiwigirlie Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    Mount Parahaki (well it's a hill really) overlooks Whangarei and the viewing platform can be reach by road or by hiking up on the tracks. Walking up only takes about an hour and a half at a slow walking pace and it's very easy going, well sign posted etc. The view from the top is well worth the effort and a good place for a quick nibble or drink before heading back down again.

    Kiwi - Native flightless bird of NZ

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    THE BEACHES

    by Kiwigirlie Updated Mar 31, 2004

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    Plenty to choose from on the east coast from Whangarei. Matapouri and Whale Bay being particular favourites of mine. But these places can become crowded (when I mean crowded I mean not more than 30 people!) so head to Ocean Beach or just north of Whananaki - which are just as lovely!

    Whale Bay
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    Mt Parihaka and the War Memorial

    by al2401 Written Aug 30, 2012

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    Mt Parihaka at 241 metres dominates the landscape.

    On top of the mountain is The Whangarei & District War Memorial which is dedicated to all who served. It is set in a park area near a carpark and there are several trails beginning here. The summit trail leads to the remains of an historic Pa.

    There is a viewing point from which you can see over the city and harbour.

    At night the memorial is lit up an can be seen from all over the city.

    Whangarei from Mt Parihaka Whangarei & District War Memorial Whangarei & District War Memorial Whangarei from Mt Parihaka - panorama
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    AH Reed Kauri Park

    by al2401 Updated Aug 31, 2012

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    This park is a small remnant of the massive kauri forests that once existed in the area. It is named after Alfred Hamish Reed, publisher and author, who was at one time a Kauri gumdigger.

    There are a number of tracks including a canopy walk amongst the 500 year old Kauri trees. Aother will take you to the Whangarei Falls.

    I could only spend a short time here so did a short walk and missed the canopy walk.

    AH Reed Kauri Park AH Reed Kauri Park
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    Visit the Whangarei Falls.

    by worldkiwi Updated Jan 12, 2006

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    The Whangarei Falls make a rather classical waterfall sight. They are located in the north of the city in the suburb of Tikipunga on the road out to Tutukaka. Just follow Mill Road from the city centre, which then morphs into Kiripaka Road. When you come to the round-about at the end of that road turn right and within a few hundred metres you'll see the sign for Whangarei Falls on the right.
    There is free parking, but make sure you lock your car and take valuables with you or leave them out of sight in the car.
    You can just stop for a look at the falls from one of the three viewing platforms above them, or, as we did, walk down to the pool at the bottom. It is a nice easy bush walk and there are good views of the falls from below. I was disappointed to see so much rubbish lying around and floating in the pool when I visited, so please don't contribute to that.

    Whangarei Falls Whangarei Falls.
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  • AE Fun Park paintball go-karts clay shooting

    by wondernz Written May 22, 2008

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    Paintball, Go-karts and clay bird shooting

    Situated on a spectacular 60 acre farm of rolling pasture and native bush; AE Paintball offers you unrivaled adventure and fun. Playing in the trees and a great many obstacles even full field lighting for night games. Paintball is a fun game for the recreational player and is a fast growing sport for the competitive player.

    AE Go-karts situated on 2 acres of flat at the back of the park. race around a clay track drifting on every corner trying to beat your mates

    Also available are toilets, shower, changing room, picnic ground, free BBQ, party room, eftpos. AE fun park also offers an on-line booking option, saving you time and money.

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  • Extraordinary Arts and Crafts shop

    by Bebbi2010 Updated Nov 14, 2010

    Wow what a cool shop that was, definitely more alive than the others we visited in New Zealand, very passionate owners in there! Maybe that's only on a Saturday but they had lots of different artists working and doing demonstrations, very entertaining and we talked to loads of interesting people. We bought most of our gifts for home before heading down to Auckland, lots of great stuff for kids, some unique pieces of handcrafts (all New Zealand made - some shops seem to have nothing but Chinese things, plastic Maori art etc. - avoid!), of course couldn't go home without yarns for the wife (big selection for those interested - also lots of glass jewellery the owner makes herself), and lots of small and inexpensive things, lots of art on the walls. It's not directly in the Whangarei Town Basin but you can see the blue shop from the carpark, it's very close and there's also easy parking in front.

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  • Town Basin

    by marmi138 Updated May 31, 2011

    This is the lovely marina area of Whangarei, where you can meet people from all over the world, or test younger family members knowledge of the flags they see on the boats - where are they from? It is a great place to strech your legs, with a playground for kids and art galleries for adults. Kids and adults alike enjoy the Fudge Farm shop! There is also a gift shop or two to be found.

    http://www.nzfudgefarm.co.nz/
    http://www.burningissuesgallery.co.nz/ (Glass blowing)

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