Family Fun

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Matapouri boogie boarding

© Iain Urquhart

Make the most of adrenalin pumping tree top challenges, enjoy glow in the dark mini golf and for the older kids, choose from paint ball, horse trekking or kayak adventures. A cruise to the Poor Knights Islands will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

Local's Tips

FISH & CHIPS AT THE BEACH Do what the locals do – pick up a meal of fish and chips from a takeaway shop and eat at one of the many sheltered beaches in the District.

Playgrounds & Parks
There’s loads of green space playgrounds throughout the city including the popular Town Basin playground, (with wheelchair accessible liberty swing) where kids can swing, climb, spin and slide to their heart’s content. A map of popular parks in Whangarei can be found here.

A beautiful coastline with many beaches offer sheltered swimming, trees to climb and playgrounds. Pack up your swimwear, towels, sunblock, a picnic and enjoy. Most have toilets close by and some have public BBQs that you can cook a meal on. A map of all public toilets can be found here.

Take a Kid Fishing
Sprat fishing - a good old-fashioned kiwi experience. Pick up a handline and bait from a local store, and drop a line from one of the many jetties scattered throughout the District.

Fun in Whangarei

Cool kiwis, quirky clocks and monkey play - there's heaps of fun for kids in Whangarei

Walk & Cycle
Burn off some energy around the 4.2km Hatea Loop – Haurahi o te Whai walkway that follows the Hatea river, crosses the harbour and loops back to the Town Basin – reward yourself with an ice cream. Find out about more walks here.

Skate & BMX
Enjoy the Skateboard Parks at Riverside Drive, Onerahi and Ruakaka. Have a heap of fun on two wheels at the 400m undulating BMX dirt track by the skate park at Riverside Drive.

Fun at the Museum
Visit Kiwi North – Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park and you may come face to face with foraging kiwi and tuatara. Marvel at a full size waka (Maori war canoe) an old jailhouse, moa bones and a fascinating vintage and rail machinery collection. Interactive live days are held regularly.

Claphams National Clock Museum will have your kids intrigued and laughing with delight at the many fun and quirky pieces in the collection.

Packard Motor Museum has a fascinating collection of over 50 Packard cars, vintage vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, earthmovers, steam vehicles, pioneer household items and much more. 

Drop into a Library
Whangarei Libraries have a wonderful selection of children’s books and resources. Activities to entertain and delight are held regularly.

For more information and ideas for child-friendly things to do in Whangarei, drop into one of our Information Centres and have a chat to our friendly information consultants.

Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads
Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads