Clubs, Sports & Recreation

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Equestrian hunt with the hounds

Play indoors, outdoors, enjoy culture, music, sport, animals, join a club - Whangarei is a wonderful place for the whole family

All year round

Whangarei’s subtropical climate makes it really easy to enjoy the outdoors. Whether that means playing a sport, gardening, enjoying beaches, 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 keeping, genealogy and  many more. Craft, book and hobby groups meet at the Whangarei Library. Also check out the local community paper or check out the Clubs section of Citizens Advice Bureau.

Good clean fun in the garden

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 like-minded individuals. Kamo Club has a Gardening Section and you could also volunteer at the Whangarei Quarry Gardens; join the core group of dedicated locals who meet at the Gardens every Wednesday at 9am.


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

The 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, waka ama, cricket, touch rugby, squash, table tennis, 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. The Whangarei Public Dog Park at Pohe Island is fully fenced with shelters, ramps and agility equipment that your dog will love. You're sure to meet kindred spirits. 

A song & dance

Enjoy performance art with the Whangarei Theatre CompanyOctagon Theatre and the Northland Youth Theatre. ONEONESIX is a community space for original, innovative and unique forms of performance art.

The Whangarei Harmony Chorus sing four part harmony known as acappella or barbershop singing. Opera North showcases opera, classical and musical theatre.

Some Whangarei dance groups include the Whangarei Academy of Dance & Performing Arts, Northland Ballet & Dance, Hardcore Dance, In Step Dance Studio and Whangarei Latino.

Kayaking, fishing and walks; enjoy outdoor activities all year round in subtropical Whangarei

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 and their first catch was likely to be a sprat or herring. Whangarei fishing clubs include the Marsden Cove Fishing Club and the Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club.

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 more than thirty years the  annual Polar Bear Surf Classic has been held. Surf Clubs include North Coast Boardriders and Ocean Beach Boardriders. And of course, also enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, waterskiing, jetskis and more!


A really special way to meet people and become part of your community while making a difference in someone's life, is to volunteer. In New Zealand, volunteering is work people do in their own time for free, often to help non-profit community groups provide much needed services. Most volunteers say it is very rewarding and a great way to learn new skills, make friends and get work experience. For newcomers, volunteering also provides opportunities to learn about New Zealand culture and practise speaking English.

Find opportunities to volunteer in Whangarei at Volunteering Northland.