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Parks & nature in Northland

Waterfall
“Whangarei - Interesting tall falls seen from an easy stroll just past carpark, or down a lovely bush track to view from the bottom pool looking up”
19local recommendations
Mountain
“⋒ Make sure to bring a water bottle as there are plenty of steps to the top of Mt. Manaia. ⋒ the platform overlooks Whangarei heads & is best seen for sunrise. Allow approx 45-1hr for climbing and 45 minute to the carpark. ⋒ Toilet facilities are on-site”
16local recommendations
Surf Spot
“Beautiful beach and one of my favourite scenic walks...Mangawhai Coastal Cliffs Walkway. Start the walk along the cliff top track an hour before low tide, wind down to the beach and return via the beach...stunning!”
15local recommendations
Garden
“⋒ Best visited when the sun it out as there's a lot to explore. Cafe on sight (but it isn't great)”
13local recommendations
Park
“⋒ If you're visiting Aotearoa (NZ) and want to see some Kiwi head to Kiwi North where they have Kiwi rehabilitating that you can see. Be sure to check their website and go when they are doing a feeding. ”
13local recommendations
Island
“Nice trip across to an island, great walking track and swimming beaches and extraordinary views”
7local recommendations
Park
“Superb views and historic flag pole that dates back to disputes between the native Maoris and early British settlers”
6local recommendations
Park
“Waipoua Forest is a beautiful place and very serene. Strolling through has a calming effect and is quite relaxing.”
8local recommendations
Park
“Historic park with the river running through ... feed the ducks or climb to the top of Parahaki or walk through connecting bush tracks to the Whangarei Falls, A H Reed Park (canopy bridge) or back towards the Town Basin via the aquatic centre and enjoy the boardwalk through the mangroves”
9local recommendations
Park
“"Wairere Boulders" is a Nature Park created on private property. Here you enjoy a world unique basalt boulder formation on a stroll through the Wairere valley. You will see the only eroded basalt rocks in the world (as far as known).”
5local recommendations
Park
“The walk between the Park and the waterfall follows the Hatea River. There are many picnic spots and fresh water swimming holes. This is an easy walk, with some short steep climbs, that is suitable for all ages and it is a popular running track for many locals.”
8local recommendations
Cave
“49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio - about 10km south of Kawakawa. Stunning and close up. Probably the best way to see glow worms in New Zealand because you are not jostling with a large number of other tourists. Run by descendants of the chief, Kawiti. ”
5local recommendations
Scenic Lookout
“Approx 3 hours north of Whangaroa is this northmost end of New Zealand. You can see far into the turquoise Blue Ocean spead on three sides of the land. There is abolsutely no restaurant there, or even near Cape Reinga - all food supplies, water, snacks need to be carried with you. Because it is a driving round trip of 6 hours + extra time - take sufficient food/water supplies...”
4local recommendations
Surf Spot
“Great surf beach, walks, swimming, hiking, heads walkway, bird watching **Beware - no surf club!”
6local recommendations
Mountain
“Ocean Beach is a beautiful surf beach with wonderful views, and there are several great walks in the area for instance Smugglers Cove which still has the gun turrets from World War II where soldiers kept look out for enemy submarines. ”
4local recommendations
Harbor / Marina
“Open on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for reasonably priced meals and drinks. The first Sunday of every month is host to an open mic night featuring local musicians. If the weather is fine its good to sit outside and take in the outstanding views of Matawhi Bay”
4local recommendations