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Dive! Tutukaka at the Poor Knights Islands

The Whangarei District is made up of four broad areas - the outstanding coastal areas; Bream Bay, Whangarei Heads peninsula and the Tutukaka Coast, and a gorgeous rural landscape that wraps around a small, attractive city.

Nowhere in the District is more than 40 kilometres from the coast and, with the Bay of Islands an easy one hour drive, Whangarei is the ideal base for your Northland holiday. 

Whangarei City →

Sub-tropical Whangarei is a small, attractive city with art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes, bars, library and events.

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Town Basin, Whangarei →

The Town Basin Whangarei is a picturesque international yachting marina alongside restaurants, cafes and specialty shopping, loop walkway, art, culture and entertainment, history and heritage.

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Bream Bay & Waipu →

‘Haere Mai Ceud Mile Failt’, a hundred thousand welcomes (in Maori and Gaelic) to Waipu and Bream Bay, rich in culture, the ancestral Maori home of Patuharakeke and famous for its unique blend of Scottish heritage.

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Ruakaka & Marsden Cove →

Ruakaka beach is a beautiful sweep of white sand and the Marsden Cove Marina offers world class facilities for boaties

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Whangarei Heads →

A drive along the Whangarei Heads road is one of the most scenic road trips imaginable. The road hugs the harbour and ends at the beautiful white sands and dunes of Ocean Beach. The whole peninsula is a wonderland and taking some time out is a must do.

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Tutukaka Coast →

The Tutukaka Coast has spectacular beaches, world class diving, surfing, swimming, fishing, walking and is the gateway to the extraordinary Poor Knights Islands

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Poor Knights Islands →

The Poor Knights Islands off the Tutukaka Coast provide outstanding world class scuba and snorkel diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and an extraordinary history.

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Whananaki →

Take a road less travelled, through farmland and forest, to the estuary, beaches and laid back coastal beauty of Whananaki

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Helena Bay, Oakura & Whangaruru →

Take the 'long way round' to the Bay of Islands and you will enjoy a beautiful and isolated coastal paradise including Oakura Beach, Helena Bay and Mimiwhangata Coastal Park

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