Bay of Islands & Northland

Set between Whangarei's old and new library buildings is this intriguing sculpture consisting of 10 large poles carved with Māori, Polynesian, Celtic, Croatian and Korean motifs. Grab an interpretive pamphlet from the library.

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Nearby Bay of Islands & Northland attractions

1. Botanica

0.14 MILES

Native ferns, tropical plants and cacti are displayed in this little council-run fernery and conservatory, set on the edge of cute Cafler Park. The park…

2. Quarry Arts Centre

0.37 MILES

An eccentric village of artists’ studios and co-operative galleries where you can often pick up well-priced art and craft.

3. Te Kākano


Fans of the late Austrian-born architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser will instantly recognise his influence in this colourful, irregularly shaped, one…

4. Whangārei Art Museum

0.45 MILES

Whangārei's public gallery has an interesting permanent collection, but the two large gallery spaces usually house temporary exhibitions by regional and…

5. Clapham’s National Clock Museum


This charming collection of 1600 ticking, gonging and cuckooing timepieces is housed in a building shaped as a sundial. There are all manner of kooky and…

6. Whangārei Quarry Gardens

0.92 MILES

Green-fingered volunteers have transformed this old quarry into a blissful community park with a lake, waterfalls, pungent floral aromas, wild bits,…

7. AH Reed Memorial Kauri Park


A grove of immense 500-year-old kauri trees has been preserved in this lush tract of native bush, where a cleverly designed boardwalk leads you…

8. Abbey Caves

2.35 MILES

Abbey Caves is an undeveloped network of three caverns full of glowworms and limestone formations, 6km east of town. Take a torch, strong shoes, a mate…