A seaside city in the Northland region of New Zealand

Whangarei is a seaside city in the Northland region of New Zealand. The place has an abundance of natural scenic beauty which has made it one of the most-visited cities in the country. The city has maritime subtropical weather which is ideal for summertime holidays. Our stay in this city was quite brief but we thoroughly enjoyed the sights. Given below are the 3 major sites in Whangarei that are most recommended for every person visiting the place.

Whangarei Falls

To reach the Whangarei Falls you need to travel along the Ngunguru Road in the suburb area of Tikipunga. The forest reserve that houses the waterfall is extremely picturesque and serves as a great trekking site. The waterfall is a part of Hatea River that runs through the forest.  The 26-meter waterfall is surrounded by rocky structures and lush green foliage. The spectacular view offered by the location has made it one of the most-visited tourist spots in the city.

Whangarei Quarry Gardens

Our next destination was the Whangarei Quarry Gardens located on the Russell Road in Kensington. The subtropical garden is a real gem and the experience was truly relaxing and heavenly. The place is built around a group of old quarry ruins and features stunning waterfalls, native forest trails, streams, tunnels, and a vast collection of exotic plants. Note that, the place doesn’t require any entry fee and there are ample parking spaces available.

Kiwi North

Kiwi North is a tourist destination popular for its Whangarei Museum, a nocturnal Kiwi House and a Heritage Park. We took a family pass that cost us $45. The entire place is built over 25 hectares of forested land that also includes volcanic farmland. The place offers amazing views of Whangarei city. The kiwi enclosure allows visitors to watch the kiwis quite closely. The museum and the heritage park houses several antique structures and Victorian buildings.