From sandy beaches to sacred mountains, there aren't many places that can hold a candle to Whangarei's natural beauty.

The colonial-era harbour town of Whangarei has a quayside district that's studded with restaurants and cafés, and its surrounds are chock-full of attractions that'll satisfy nature lovers. Whangarei Heads has family-friendly beaches, lagoons where you can snorkel and some serious surf. Get on your mountain bike at Parahaki park or stroll in the mists of Whangarei Falls. The beautiful Bream Head Scenic Reserve is a spiritual place for the traditional people of Whangarei. In the reserve, hike Te Whara mountain for spectacular views.