The Hatea Loop - Huarahi o te Whai

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Picture perfect at the Town Basin

The Hatea Loop – Huarahi o te Whai, is a fully accessible walkway at the Town Basin Whangarei, a picturesque international yachting marina with restaurants, cafes and specialty shopping

Visit the art and craft galleries that feature works by Northland artists, and be mesmerised by live glass-blowing. Artisan Fair Markets run frequently through the summer months, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere created by this gathering of artists, buskers and food stalls.

Fishing boats, small pleasure craft, yachts and launches use the area creating an ever-changing vista - the resident ducks always appreciate a piece of bread from a friendly hand.

Enjoy Te Kakano, (The Seed) an architectural sculpture in the shape of a koru using all the elements of Hundertwasser’s style. It is a beautiful and intriguing structure that has been created to give the builders and artists the opportunity to adapt their skills for the proposed construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery. The HAC will be 100 times the size of Te Kākano and building is planned to commence in 2017 when all necessary funds are raised.

Visit the Whangarei Art Museum, home to the city’s art collection that embraces both heritage and contemporary works, and offers a captivating insight into the District’s history.  Reyburn House, home of the Northland Society of Arts, is Whangarei’s oldest house, built in the 1870s and is surrounded by lovely gardens adjacent to the Town Basin playground.

Along the walkway, enjoy the Sculpture created by local artists, including the dramatic Waka and Wave stone sculpture at Hihiaua Point of a Maori waka (canoe) breaking through a towering wave, marking the entrance to the Whangarei Town Basin. 

A childrens’ playground and liberty swing (a wheelchair accessible swing) and petanque court add to the range of facilities for people of all ages and abilities.

Read the fascinating history of the area on the Heritage Panels. Including legends of how Whangarei got its name and information about the tribes of Whangarei, Te Tangata Whenua – the people of the land, descended from their ancestors who migrated from the Pacific.

Walk across the elegant footbridge, ‘Kotuitui Whitinga’ and the international award-winning ‘Te Matau a Pohe’ bascule (opening) bridge.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times in the Town Basin and Hatea Loop areas but take a short detour to the Dog Exercise Park at William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island where they can be let off the leash.

The entire walkway is accessible for walking, jogging, pushbikes, all sorts of mobility aids and scooters, and is also suitable for pushchairs.

Take some time to enjoy the Town Basin and the Hatea Loop – Huarahi o te Whai (Pathway of Opportunity)

Town Basin,
Whangarei, Northland

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