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Activities and Attractions at Whangarei Heads

There are a vast amount of activities on offer at Whangarei Heads. Spectacular volcanic mountain peaks rise from the deep water harbour. Beautiful coastline and clear water ocean beaches sum up Whangarei Heads. Furthermore, the area provides a natural playground for anyone that enjoys the outdoors. Discover beaches, coves, forests, estuaries, native flora and fauna. In addition, there are fantastic walking trails throughout the Whangarei Heads Peninsula.

The area is home to the Te Whara Track.  This track is rated in the top 6 day walks in the country. Furthermore, Mt Manaia is rated among the top 14 short walks. As a result, this is a fantastic destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Get up and close with the abundant wildlife throughout the native forest. Bream Head Conservation Trust with their invaluable conservation efforts continue to enhance this area. As a result, the area is one of only 6 kiwi reserves in the country.

Above all – hike, kayak, swim, fish, dive, or walk then relax in comfort, style and privacy. Why visit here? Because Whangarei Heads is the perfect destination for an active break.

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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Choose any of the activities below

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

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Catering & Wine