Sports & Recreation

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Equestrian hunt with the hounds

Indoors, outdoors, music, sport, animals, clubs - play to your heart's content!

All year round

Whangarei’s subtropical climate makes it very easy to get outside. Whether that means playing a sport, gardening, enjoying the coast, getting in the water, taking a walk, riding a bike or attending events – if you choose to, you can be out there all year round.

Whatever you fancy

Groups and clubs abound in Whangarei - kite clubs, martial arts groups, photography clubs, Cubs, Scouts, and Girl Guides, bee keeper, genealogists and yes there’s many more. Check out the local community paper or ask the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Good clean dirt

Keen gardeners revel in the subtropical climate and good clean fun all year round – there’s no snow here! Many gardeners are able to supply their kitchen with fresh fruit and vegetables all year round And there is a healthy number of garden clubs where many a seed or cutting is swapped with likeminded individuals.


Have the game of your life on one of the nine great golf courses, in incredible seaside or rural locations with spectacular views and park-like greens, throughout the District. It’s guaranteed that one will become your favourite. 

Take a walk that'll leave you breathless

Whangarei District has some of the best walks you’ll ever do. Choose from rural, coastal or forest walks, an easy stroll or a heart-pumping workout.

Balls, bats & boots

Rugby, netball, football, cricket, touch rugby, squash, badminton – and that’s just for starters. Check out the many sporting codes represented in Whangarei at Sport Northland.

For the love of dogs & horses

...and other four legged friends! The equestrian scene is strong with regular pony clubs and gymkhanas, showjumping, dressage, events and hunting. Canine clubs meet and compete regularly and there are all sorts of other passionate people with all manner of four (or two!) legged friends. Be confident you will find a kindred spirit.

A song & dance

Whangarei has some outstanding amateur theatre groups, music societies and dance clubs. Check out the local community paper or check the Citizens Advice Bureau Directory.

Play in and on the water

Dive – scuba or snorkel
Descend beneath the surface and be blown away by underwater beauty. Anywhere off the Whangarei coast will provide you with a really special dive but the most outstanding has to be the Poor Knights Islands Marine reserve – rated one of the best dive spots in the world by adventurers and explorers, Jacques Cousteau and Ellis Emmett.

Fishing from jetties and wharves as a child is where most locals learned to bait a hook. Their first catch was likely to be a sprat or herring. They usually then move on to boats and bigger game, snapper and kingfish, and then sometimes on to the really big game like marlin or tuna. Recreational boating is a big deal in Whangarei. You are welcome to join the fishing brigade!

Choose a recreational swim at one of our many beaches or swim for sport and fitness at the Whangarei Aquatic Centre.

Whangarei is blessed with a number of very special surf beaches, the most famous being Sandy Bay on the Tutukaka Coast, where for many years an annual longboard competition has been held.

And of course.... enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, waterskiing, jetskis and more!