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- Entire guest suite
The large, sunny, room is a loft over the garage, with 2 single beds (and a trundle bed) Kitchen area contains fridge, kettle, toaster, microwave, 2 burner cooktop, and sink/ vanity. Sitting area, TV, with freeview. Bathroom with shower, vanity and toilet is downstairs. Loft is accessed by steep stairs. This guest suite has own private access. Coded lock allows self check in, with flexible arrival times. This space would suite a single person who needs longer term temporary rental.
- Entire guest suite
Our self contained apartment is a leisurely 10 minute walk into the city town basin centre including the fabulous Hundertwasser museum. and right on the doorstep of lovely bush and river walks. This is a great place to explore Whangarei from or very handy if you are visiting for work. There is off street parking for your car and private access down 9 external stairs to the spacious unit. There is free unlimited WIFI .
- Entire rental unit
A wonderful hub to explore the beautiful north, just 1-2 hours’ drive to our most popular destinations and many wonderful local attractions so close! You’ll have the space to yourself and will only share it with those you’re travelling with. **We are blocking a day either side of bookings to allow for deep cleaning for your peace of mind** Does not have full kitchen but some cooking appliances - Please see 'The Space' for more details...
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Your guide to Whangārei
All About Whangārei
Surrounded by green, forested hills and turquoise water, Whangārei is the northernmost city in New Zealand. The town is part of the larger Whangārei District — home to the picturesque stretches of Bream Bay, Whangarei Heads peninsula and the Tutukaka Coast — where you’ll find the surf hub Ocean Beach and numerous other white sandy outposts. Diving is a popular sport here, with the famous Poor Knights Islands just a boat ride away, or you can explore the waters along the bay and off the coast by kayak, paddleboard, or chartered fishing boat.
Several Whangārei hiking trails offer lookout points with coastal views, while others wind past cascading waterfalls. The popular Hātea Loop is a gentle paved trail that offers a sense of the town as it winds around the marina.
The area is also of cultural significance to the Māori, who used Mount Parihaka, located in Whangārei's Mair Park, as a pā, or fortressed village. By exploring The Hokianga and Dobbie Tracks, you can see the remnants of early Māori settlements.
As you walk through Whangārei, you’ll notice more than a dozen murals covering buildings in artistic recreations of the region’s incredible scenery, as well as a sculpture park, and several carved Māori pou (or poles).
Whangārei is also a jumping off point for the Bay of Islands, a cluster of more than 140 subtropical islands housing pristine beaches and Māori artifacts.
How do I get around Whangārei?
Whangarei Airport (WRE) is four miles from the city center and has connections to the international Auckland Airport (AKL). A flight from Auckland to Whangārei is only 35 minutes, but it is possible to drive between the two cities, which takes around 2.5 hours. Alternatively, there are bus services that connect the cities. Local buses also route to nearby towns with some extending to the far north of the island.
Whangārei is very electric vehicle-friendly — can rent an electric vehicle here, and there are several charging points in the city. Most of Whangārei is flat, making it easy to get around on foot or by bike, with several bike rental shops in town.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whangārei?
Whangārei’s subtropical climate offers plenty of sunshine throughout the year with December to February being the warmest months. The area gets its fair share of rainfall in all seasons, so you’ll want to pack waterproof outerwear regardless of when you book your Whangārei accommodation. Winters in Whangārei, which run from June to August, are brisk and damp, although snowfall is rare.
In October, the Whangārei Fringe Festival brings to town circus acts, poetry readings, fashion shows, and live music and theater performances.
On Saturdays roughly between December and March, you can check out local cuisine and craftsmanship at the annual summer Artisans Market. Between Labor Day and Easter Weekend, the stalls transform into an evening street food hub with the Canopy Night Market.
What are the top things to do in Whangārei?
Claphams National Clock Museum
This unique museum in Whangārei features more than 2,000 clocks and timepieces. Claphams National Clock Museum is home to sundials, watches, antique cuckoo clocks, and unique timekeeping works of art. Take a guided tour to learn about this unique collection, which is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Otuihau Whangārei Falls
At 85-feet high, this stunning waterfall cascades over a cliff into a clear pool below. Viewing platforms bring you closer to this sacred source, which forms the start of the Hātea River. The Otuihau Whangārei Falls is just a 10-minute drive from the town center.
Whangārei Quarry Gardens
Located in a former quarry close to town, Whangārei Quarry Gardens are a thriving 60-acre subtropical paradise that includes a native forest, bromeliad garden, arid garden, and five senses garden. Explore the original quarry concrete tunnels, or meander past sculptures by local artists. You can top off your visit with a bite and a drink at the on-site cafe.