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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 …
Bistro in Whangarei

TopSail

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

Fat Camel

In a pedestrian laneway lined with ethnic eateries, this little Israeli cafe stands out for its pita pockets and platters laden with falafels, salads and grilled meat. For something a little different try the malawa…
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 coconut r…
Bar in Whangarei

Old Stone Butter Factory

This cool basement bar hosts lots of live gigs from touring Kiwi bands along with the occasional poetry night or gay mixer. As the hours dissolve, DJs kick in. Burgers and pizza are good value, and the sunny courtya…
Gardens in Whangarei

Botanica

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…