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Welcome to Whangarei

Whangarei New Zealand is the northernmost city in the country. Its subtropical climate means it’s never too cold, even in winter. The area was discovered by the Europeans in the 1760s and evolved into the bustling area it is today, due to industrial and agricultural production in the area.

The region hosts an international Rugby Team, the Northland Taniwha, which plays out of Toll Stadium, the largest in the region. They are also home to the International Rally of Whangarei which draws competitors from various parts of the world to compete, racing dirt roads around the district. The beautiful diverse landscape includes two volcanos, Whangarei Volcano and Mount Parihaka. It is home to the Hatea River, which has an astounding 26-foot waterfall just north of the city of Whangarei.

There is plenty to see and do around the area and outdoor activities abound because of the temperate climate. Here are some suggestions to get the most out of your winter getaway to beautiful Whangarei. This vibrant, friendly district is ready to be your next New Zealand winter destination.

Getting around the Whangerei is half the fun. Book a camper with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!

Getting to Whangarei

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- Lynda

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Local Culture

If you like museums and gardens, check out Whangarei Art Museum, which holds both contemporary and heritage art, including bequest collections. There is also whimsical Clapham’s Clocks, which is the national museum of all things clocks, displaying over 1400 different timepieces. Finally, visit the Whangarei Quarry Gardens, a subtropical garden created and maintained by volunteers. You can walk the myriad of paths, or ride a golf cart for those who can’t navigate the trails as well.

Caves

Abbey Caves is unguided and undeveloped, but if you are up for the trek down to the caves, the hardest part of the trip, you will be rewarded with spectacular sights to see. The caves are in a Reserve which has wondrous limestone carvings, beautiful mature trees and picnic areas. If you do decide to venture to the caves, you will be greeted with thousands of glowworms. The glowworms are the larvae of a New Zealand fly, and being in the cave is like being out on a starry night. Quite the show!

Wildlife

Get up close with exotic animals at the Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the big cats of the world, including lions, cheetahs and even a black leopard. This is a privately-run sanctuary that offers tours. The Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Center provides treatment for injured birds so they can be returned into the wild. While they are recovering, you can get up close and personal with kiwis, albatross and herons, to name a few. They even have a talking Tui and you may be able to meet Sparky, their 1 legged Kiwi ambassador.

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