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Activities and Attractions at Whangarei Heads

A Sublime Natural Playground

The spectacular volcanic mountain peaks, beautiful coastline and clear water ocean beaches of Whangarei Heads provide a natural playground for anyone that enjoys the outdoors. Discover beaches, coves, forests, estuaries, native flora and fauna. Due to the fabulous conservation efforts of Bream Head Conservation Trust we have as a result an array of fantastic walking trails through native forest abundant with wildlife.

Hike, kayak, swim, fish, dive, or walk then relax in comfort, style and privacy.

Where Giants Gather

Journey through a grand landscape where giants surround you. Giants of geology, nature and history are gathered here, like the majestic creatures that as a result inspired Ngati Wai to name this place Whangarei-tererenga-paraoa (the gathering place of whales).


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Discover the wildlife

Walk and hike in premier coastal forests

Amazing local beaches for swimming and surfing

Great fishing & kayaking locations and guided options

Fishing at Ara Roa

Go Horse Trekking

Parua Bay 18 hole golf course

Multi Sports

Activities in and around Whangarei

1 hour drive to the Bay of Islands

Out of this world dive/snorkel experience at Poor Knights Islands

Giant Kauri trees at Waipoua Forest

Massage & Beauty Therapy

Local restaurants & cafes

Or let us do the planning and select a Package or Catering & Wine option

If you wish to have your stay with us partly catered, please take a look at our various package deals. Get the family away from home for 4 days of organised Family time, get together with friends for a 2 – 3 nights unguided walks package or simply choose to relax and indulge with the Luxury Escape. We now also have a Romantic Getaway/Honeymoon package exclusive to The Glasshouse. Or maybe you would like to simply request in-house catering at the Villa of your choice.

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