Top ChoiceCafe in Whangarei


At this beautiful riverside villa turned restaurant, grab a table on the wraparound veranda overlooking yachts bobbing in the neighbouring marina. The menu moves from cooked breakfasts to pizza and bistro-style...

Museum in Whangarei

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 kitschy items displayed alongside the more august...

Asian in Whangarei

No 8

Asian fusion dishes pack a flavour punch here, but are delicately assembled and delivered by friendly staff. Dishes are light and prices high, so don't arrive desperately hungry. The Express Lunch menu for two is...

Bistro in Whangarei


Located upstairs in the Onerahi Yacht Club, around 10km from central Whangārei, TopSail serves superlative French-style bistro classics and lots of fresh Northland seafood and NZ produce such as Fiordland...

Cave in Whangarei

Abbey Caves

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 for safety and be prepared to get wet. The surrounding...

Gardens in Whangarei

Whangārei Quarry Gardens

Green-fingered volunteers have transformed this old quarry into a blissful community park with a lake, waterfalls, pungent floral aromas, wild bits, orderly bits and lots of positive energy. Plus there's a...

Bar in Whangarei

Old Stone Butter Factory

This cool basement restaurant-bar hosts lots of live gigs from touring Kiwi bands along with the occasional spoken word night, or gay mixer. As the hours dissolve, DJs kick in. Burgers and pizza are good value,...

Thai in Whangarei

Suk Jai Thai

It's well worth a trip to the suburbs to seek out this cheerful and relaxed restaurant, popular with Thai expats for its authentic flavours, gutsy approach to spice, and desserts such as banana with sticky...

Gardens in Whangarei


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 encloses the Waiarohia Stream and includes a rose garden...

Museum in Whangarei

Kiwi North

Five kilometres west of Whangārei, this park complex includes 19th-century buildings, the Whangārei Museum displaying Māori and colonial artefacts, and a nocturnal kiwi centre offering a rare chance to see the...

Forest in Whangarei

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 effortlessly up into the canopy. To get here, head north on Bank St...

Israeli in Whangarei

Fat Camel

In a pedestrian laneway among a cluster of small restaurants, this little Israeli cafe stands out for its pitta pockets and platters laden with falafels plus fresh salads, hummus and grilled meats, as well as for...

Gallery in Whangarei

Whangārei Art Museum

Whangārei's public gallery has an interesting permanent collection, but the two large gallery spaces usually house temporary exhibitions by regional and sometimes international artists in partnership with...

Waterfall in Whangarei

Whangārei Falls

Short walks around these 26m-high falls provide views of the water cascading over the edge of an old basalt lava flow. The falls can be reached on the Tikipunga bus (no service on Sundays), leaving from Rose St...

Arts Centre in Whangarei

Quarry Arts Centre

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

Arts & Crafts in Whangarei


Waterfront co-op store and gallery representing over 100 Northland artisans.

Architecture in Whangarei

Te Kākano

Fans of the late Austrian-born architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser will instantly recognise his influence in this colourful, irregularly shaped, one-room shed. The name means 'the seed' and this building has...

Cafe in Whangarei


Nectar offers the winning combination of friendly staff, organic milk and coffee, and generous servings from a menu full of Northland produce with paleo, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Check out the urban...