Getting around Whangārei


Whangārei city is a small city well served by a public bus service that provides transport to most areas. The city centre is mostly flat and walking is an easy option.

Shuttles and tour companies provide a regular service to coastal areas, or you may find that renting a vehicle will provide you with the flexibility to explore these fabulous areas.

Rental cars are available from the airport or from the central city. One way hire may be available. You need to be at least 21 years old and possess a current driver’s licence or international driving permit to hire a vehicle.

There is a choice of local taxis and shuttle companies that meet scheduled flights at the airport.

Charter flights (helicopter or fixed wing planes) from the Whangārei domestic airport, are a great way to view Whangārei’s stunning coastline and rural interior.

Here are CityLink timetables for bus services in Whangārei city.

Visitor Guides & Maps

View or download visitor guides and maps for the Whangārei District, including the City and Town Basin, Tutukākā Coast, Whangārei Heads and Bream Bay.

Visit Whangarei District Council's disability services webpage to find out about working parking permits, free mobility hire and discount taxis to people living with disability.

Driving Routes; take your time, take the long way round, discover amazing places

Learn about our Northland Journeys; The Welcoming CoastWhere Giants GatherInto the Wide Blue YonderThe Secret Coast Route. These road journeys take you into our small towns and villages with big hearts, our unforgettable natural environment and the timeless place we call home. So journey north, take the 'road less travelled', discover, relax and enjoy. Not to be hurried, each journey will deliver an enjoyable half to full day or more of exploration depending on your pace.

Visitor Guides & Maps

View or download visitor guides and maps for the Whangārei District, including the city and Town Basin, Tutukākā Coast, Whangārei Heads and Bream Bay.

Driving in New Zealand

Driving in New Zealand can be very different from driving elsewhere in the world. It is  important to understand our rules, and how our roads may differ from what you are used to. We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit; please take a look at the Driving in New Zealand and Drive Safe website, with information in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Portugese, Spanish and Arabic.

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