Welcome to Whangarei
Northland’s only city is surrounded by natural beauty, and its compact town centre offers plenty of rainy-day diversions. There's a thriving artistic community, some good walks, and interesting cafes and bars
Top experiences in Whangarei
Private Tour: Bay of Islands Day Trip from Auckland
Your day will begin with a pickup from your Auckland hotel. From here, you will head to Pahia City. Enjoy the spectacular rural and coastal scenery along the way.Your first stop will be to the Parry Kauri Park. Here you will view the two famous, gigantic Kauri trees. Visit the museum or take one of the board walks through the native bush.After this the journey will continue until you reach the next stop, Whanagarei Falls. Stretch your legs stop at Whangarei Falls, which is a beautiful 26m waterfall near the maritime town of Whangarei. It can appear as several parallel columns of water or a large rectangular column depending on whether it has been raining heavily or not.A loop walk allows you to experience the falls from both its top and bottom. There is a picnic table at the bottom, which is a nice spot to check out some of the ducks swimming across the plunge pool before the falls.Explore Pahia which is famous for its white sand beaches and beautiful coastline, with a vast variety of marine wildlife. Enjoy the shops of a bygone era. You will then move on to Haruru Falls, which are a miniature version of the famed Niagara Falls, which offer amazing views. You can also choose to experience Pahia’s top attraction ‘Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett’ cruise. Enjoy the scenery as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. Hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the sheltered waters of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and Bottlenose Dolphins, whales and other marine life as we get you up close to the action from the comfort of Dolphin Seeker.Head back to Auckland and be dropped off at your desired location in Auckland City with a small memento from us.There is tremendous flexibility with this tour too, as a guide can be provided in the following languages for an additional flat rate: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish.
Bay of Islands Transfer Pass from Auckland
Our 'Bay of Islands' pass departs Auckland early and arrives into the Bay of Islands around midday - giving you the opportunity to maximize your stay in the Paihia. On our departure, we head over the Auckland Harbour Bridge with a view over the Waitemata Harbour and north to Warkworth. At Warkworth we stop for morning tea (at your own expense) at the Honey Center, which is a great place to try a free tasting of locally made Manuka honey. Back on the coach, we have a short bathroom stop at Whangarei before arriving in Paihia. Once in Paihia you will stop in at the Awesome NZ Center where you can book any activities you may have planned for the day. Our crew will be on hand to help recommend the best local spots, activities and walking tracks in the area. You have all afternoon and the following day to do as you please in Paihia before our return departure to Auckland departs at around 3:00pm on your return date. (Your return transfer back to Auckland is automatically booked for the following day, but you have the option to stay longer and change your return date should you make the necessary prior arrangements.)It’s a four hour drive back into Auckland. We aim to drop you at various drop off locations before 7:30pm.