Whangarei Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to Whangarei

Whangarei FallsWhangarei is home to a beautiful bay, but the city has so much more to offer than that. There are also several one-of-a-kind parks and a great downtown area that includes several award-winning restaurants.

Things to do

Whangarei is home to a number of nature parks that are home to caves, waterfalls and forests that are hundreds of years old. The most famous of them, though, is Whangarei Falls. In fact, this waterfall is the most photographed in all of New Zealand. Even if you're not a professional photographer, you can still enjoy the view - and even bring a picnic to eat next to it!

If you want to get up close to some of the world's largest and rarest big cats, you can do it at Zion Wildlife Gardens. The gardens are a sanctuary for these animals, but on occasion, you can pet some of them!

Whangarei has a great waterfront scene. At Whangarei Harbour, you can go fishing, hit the beach or hop on a boat to go snorkelling or scuba diving.

Food and drink

For a unique place to eat, check out the artistic scene at A Deco. You can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sample some of the food that was featured in Cuisine Magazine!

Craving pizza? Killer Prawn Restaurant Bar and Pizzeria was voted one of New Zealand’s top 10 best restaurants.

Parks and the Great Outdoors

Whangarei HeadsWant to have fun underground? At Abbey Caves, you can take the entire family and go exploring deep into several different caves - and admission is free!

Hotels and Accommodation

If you're in the mood for luxury - but don't want to travel very far - you're in luck. Most of Whangarei's best hotels are on the west side of town, near many of the best restaurants.

If your budget isn't big enough for luxury accommodations, there are plenty of cheaper options in the centre of town

Getting around by car

Auckland to Whangarei: 2 h 2 min (158.4 km) via State Highway 1

Wellington to Whangarei: 10 h 15 min (805.3 km) via State Highway 1

Accommodation, driving and car rental

At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.

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