Whangarei, New Zealand

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As you cruise New Zealand, natural splendors amaze at every turn. But New Zealand’s attractive and friendly cities, such as Whangārei—on New Zealand’s North Island—have their own draw. Wandering around Whangārei is a must. Start at the Town Basin, a yachting marina dotted with eateries and specialty shops. Take the art trail to see stunning sculptures by local artists and learn the area’s history. Ambrosial sub-tropical gardens and native forests enchant around every corner of the city. Follow Hātea River to Whangārei Falls, a curtain of water that falls into a wide pool at the base. Tempting as it may be, swimming is forbidden, but the falls make a serene picnic spot. For another amazing adventure as you cruise New Zealand, get an up-close look at the beloved Kauri trees that once covered the country. Take a forest canopy boardwalk high into these trees at AH Reed Memorial Park. If adventuring deep into a cave is more your style, you can do that too. A quick trip out of the city center takes you to Abbey Caves, where you can journey into limestone caves. If all of that isn’t enough, the Bay of Islands—150 islands scattered across brilliant blue water—is only an hour away.

Top 3 Things To Do In Whangārei, New Zealand

1 Whangārei Falls Picnic at Whangarei Falls, a heavenly waterfall only 10 minutes from the city center.
2 Abbey Caves Gear up with headlamps and adventure into three unspoiled caves that glimmer with bioluminescence.
3 AH Reed Memorial Park Follow a boardwalk high into a forest canopy of 500-year-old Kauri trees, a national treasure.