Accessible Whangarei

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Free mobility scooter available at Town Basin, Whangarei

Some insider information to help make your visit to Whangarei just that little bit easier.

Free About Town Mobility

Whangarei District Council and NorthAble Disability provide a free mobility scooter for people with limited ability. You can pick the scooter up from Te Manawa The Hub Information Centre at the Town Basin Whangarei. The Hub also has a couple of wheelchairs available.

Access Whangarei

The Access Whangarei brochure includes a map of Whangarei that lists; 
-  Mobility parking spaces
-  Accessible amenities including toilets
-  Accommodation
-  Conference facilities
-  Retail shops
-  Cafes and restaurants

To be clear about what we mean by accessible, the following three meanings have been used:

Facilities with Accessible Carparks
- Facilities that have accessible car parks within 200 metres of the main entrance / exit

Wheelchair Access into the Building or Facility
-  Entrances into the facility are level
-  Entrance doorways are at least 760mm wide
-  The main body of the facility is one level or has lift access

Accessible Toilets
There is an accessible toilet in the main area of the facility that:
-  Has a door way with a 1200mm clear approach space
-  Doorway is 760mm wide
-  Has a 90 degree L-shaped grab-rail beside  the toilet


Mobility Van & Taxi Services
Kiwi Cabs and Whangarei A1 Cabs both provide mobility vans.

Public Bus Service
CityLink Whangarei have ten low-floor, wheelchair friendly buses in their fleet. Phone them to check the availability on your route if you need to catch one.

Local Support

Tiaho Trust is a ‘for disabled - by disabled’ organisation that provides information and empowerment services to the disabled community of Whangarei and Northland. Check their website for local support information and resources.

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Enjoy the Town Basin
The Town Basin is a wonderful place for everyone, an international yacht marina with parks, trees and gardens, people, great shopping, art, culture, museums and entertainment, history and heritage. It’s a great place to spend a day wandering. The Hatea Loop is a 4.2km fully accessible, waterside walkway and you will enjoy the Sculpture Trail and Heritage Storyboards along the way.

Head into the forest and enjoy our waterfall
Enjoy the 'picture-perfect'  Whangarei Falls from the viewing platform - the path is sealed for wheelchair accessibility.

The A H Reed Memorial Park is a magnificent remnant of original kauri forest. Maturing kauri trees known to be at least 500 years old can be viewed close up from a walkway raised through the forest canopy.

There are several loop tracks through the park, and one is designed to be suitable for the less able and wheel chair users. Access for the disabled to the Canopy Walkway is from the middle carpark on Whareora Road.

Wander the gardens
Botanica Whangarei - Fernery, Conservatory & Cacti House has the largest collections of native ferns found in New Zealand and its offshore islands. Next door, subtropical and fragrant plants, including gorgeous orchids and exotic palms, put on an amazing display in the heated conservatory, while spiky treasures – cacti and succulents - thrive in the adjoining cacti house.

Take the pedestrian bridge across the Waiarohia river and smell the roses at Cafler Park & Rose Garden.

Heart of the community and ten carved pou
Relax at the Whangarei Central Library, enjoy books, magazines, art, computer and internet access and refreshments at the cafe.

At the entrance to the library, you can see ten carved pou representing many of the cultures that enrich Whangarei. In what is believed to be a first for New Zealand and perhaps internationally, only five of the poles were carved by, and represent, Maori.  The rest have been carved or decorated by other cultural groups and one, the Generic Pou, represents all cultures.

Remember our heritage
Explore our museums with their very own, unique collections - Kiwi North & Heritage Park, Waipu Museum, Packard & Pioneer Museum and Whangarei Art Museum.

NZ'S only oil refinery
Take a break at the visitor centre at the Marsden Point Oil Refinery and see models of the Refinery and Auckland pipeline, along with a working model of the giant Gottwald Crane lifting the 760 tonne hydrocracker reactor. Admission is free.