Native Bird Recovery Centre
Next to Kiwi North, this avian hospital nurses sick and injured birds back to health. Say hi to the talking tuis.
Quarry Arts Centre
An eccentric village of artists’ studios and co-operative galleries where you can often pick up well-priced art and craft. To get here,...
Botanica & Cafler Park
Native ferns, tropical plants and cacti are displayed in this little council-run fernery, set on the edge of cute Cafler Park. The park...
A legendary chippie with a seafood basket ($14) that could leave you stumped.
Lonely Planet review
Five kilometres west of Whangarei, this complex includes a veritable village of 19th-century buildings and a museum displaying an impressive collection of Maori and colonial artefacts. A new gecko and kiwi house offers a rare chance to see the country's feathery fave in a darkened nocturnal house.