Learn about accessibility for those with limited mobility or disabilities to help make your visit to Whangārei easier.
The Access Whangārei brochure* includes a map of Whangārei that lists;
- Mobility parking spaces
- Accessible amenities including toilets
- Conference facilities
- Retail shops
- Cafes and restaurants
*Note that the brochure was accurate at the time of printing but changes may have occured since.
The following three meanings have been used to describe Accessibility:
Facilities with accessible car parks
- 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
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 Whangārei A1 Cabs/Blue Bubble Taxis both provide mobility vans.
Public bus service
CityLink Whangārei 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.
Tiaho Trust is a ‘for disabled - by disabled’ organisation that provides information and empowerment services to the disabled community of Whangārei 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 Hātea Loop is a 4.2km fully accessible, waterside walkway and you will enjoy the Sculpture Trail and Heritage Storyboards along the way.
Visit our 'world-famous' waterfall
Enjoy Otuihau-Whangārei Falls from viewing platforms - the path is sealed for wheelchair accessibility.
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 to the Canopy Walkway is from the middle car park on Whareora Road.
Wander the gardens
Botanica Whangārei - Fernery, Conservatory and 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. Spiky treasures; cacti and succulents, thrive in the adjoining cacti house.
Then wander across the pedestrian bridge over the Waiarohia river and smell the roses at Cafler Park & Rose Garden.
Heart of the community and ten carved pou
Relax at the Whangārei Central Library, enjoy books, magazines, art, computer and internet access and refreshments at the café.
At the entrance to the library, you can see ten carved pou representing many of the cultures that enrich Whangārei. In what is believed to be a first for New Zealand and perhaps internationally, only five of the poles were carved by, and represent, Māori. 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 - Whangārei Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park, Waipu Museum, Packard Motor Museum and Whangārei Art Museum.