Whangarei attractions

Museum in Whangarei

Clapham’s National Clock Museum

This charming collection of 1600 ticking, gonging and cuckooing timepieces is more interesting than you'd imagine. There are all manner of kooky and kitschy items displayed alongside the more august specimens, such …
Cave in Whangarei

Abbey Caves

Abbey Caves is an undeveloped network of three caverns full of glowworms and limestone formations, 6km east of town. Grab a torch, strong shoes, a mate for safety and prepare to get wet. The surrounding reserve is a…
Gardens in Whangarei

Whangarei Quarry Gardens

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

Kiwi North

Five kilometres west of Whangarei, this complex includes 19th-century buildings and a museum displaying Māori and colonial artefacts. A gecko and kiwi house offers a rare chance to see the country's feathery fave in…
Waterfall in Whangarei

Whangarei 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 ($3, no service on Sundays), leaving from Rose St …
Gallery in Whangarei

Whangarei Art Museum

Whangarei's public gallery has an interesting permanent collection, but the two large gallery spaces usually house temporary exhibitions by local and regional artists.
Bird Sanctuary in Whangarei

Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre

This avian hospital nurses sick and injured birds back to health. Take a walk around the outdoor aviaries and say hi to the talking tui for us.
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.