Whangarei the gateway city to Northland and the stunning Bay of Islands is New Zealand's only sub-tropical climate zone and the hot summers and mild winters mean that you can enjoy outdoor activities all year round.
From local hot spots to popular attractions, there’s always something to do when staying at either of our two Distinction and Discovery Whangarei hotels.
Boasting an aquatic playground of 100 beaches, enjoy the world’s best sub tropical diving
at the Poor Knights Islands
off the Tutukaka Coast with over 125 species of fish and the largest sea cave in the world.
Visit the acclaimed Whangarei Quarry Gardens
, hike the numerous coastal and forest trails and visit the spectacular Whangarei Falls.
Experience art and nature in perfect harmony when you visit the unique Hundertwasser Art Centre
and Wairau Maori Art Gallery
To the west of Whangarei, explore ancient kauri forests
including New Zealand's largest tree, Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua Forest.
Just 1 hour’s drive north of Whangarei, the Bay of Islands
is studded with 140 subtropical islands and sheltered beaches, big game fishing
and colonial-era towns. Visit the culturally significant Waitangi Treaty Grounds
where the historic signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (between Maori and the British Crown) took place in 1840.
Journey to the top of NZ to popular 90 mile beach
, famous for its sand boarding
dunes and onto the iconic Cape Reinga
lighthouse where two oceans collide and Maori spirits begin their final journey at the ‘spiritual place of leaping’.