Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Whangarei

Whangarei Art Museum

At the Te Manawa Hub information centre, Whangarei's public gallery has an interesting permanent collection, the star of which is a 1904 Māori portrait by Goldie. Also planned is the Hundertwasser Arts Centre, based…
Top Choice Cafe in Mangawhai

Wood Street Freehouse

Craft beer has arrived in Mangawhai at this buzzing cafe, including beers from local Northland brewers such as Schippers and the Sawmill Brewery. Excellent food includes burgers, gourmet pizzas and shared plates – t…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Whangarei

à Deco

Northland’s best restaurant offers an inventive menu that prominently features local produce, including plenty of seafood. Art-deco fans will adore the setting – a wonderfully curvaceous marine-style villa with orig…
Top Choice Museum in Whangarei

Clapham’s Clocks

This very interesting collection of 1400 ticking, gonging and cuckooing timepieces constitutes the National Clock Museum.
Bar in Whangarei

Old Stone Butter Factory

Occupying a converted bank building, this cool basement bar hosts live gigs from Thursday to Saturday. As the hours dissolve, DJs kick in. It's also popular for touring Kiwi bands and musos, and has local craft beer…
Modern NZ in Whangarei


Located upstairs in the Onerahi Yacht Club, around 10km from central Whangarei, TopSail serves superlative bistro classics – think duck breast with manuka honey and lemon – and lots of fresh Northland seafood and NZ…
Cafe in Mangawhai

Harvest Blue

Rustic wooden furniture and overflowing pots of flowers and fresh herbs fill the deck of this relaxed cafe's sunny courtyard. New owners have revitalised the menu, and brunch classics such as Spanish omelette and sw…
Gallery in Whangarei

Old Library Arts Centre

The work of local artists is exhibited in this wonderful art-deco building. Check the website for occasional concerts. Set between the old and new libraries is Pou, an intriguing sculpture consisting of 10 large pol…
Cafe in Coastal Route to Russell

Gallery & Cafe

The Gallery & Cafe, high above Helena Bay along the old Russell Rd, is worth a stop for excellent organic fair-trade coffee, scrummy cake, amazing views, and a gander at some interesting Kiwiana art and craft in…
Cafe in Waipu & Bream Bay

Cove Cafe

This heritage cottage near Waipu covers all the bases, from coffee and breakfast bagels to pizza, gourmet burgers and craft beer, and the deck is a very pleasant spot to celebrate exploring NZ. Healthy smoothies – t…