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Whangarei Heads

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Address: Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
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The Whangarei Heads peninsula is becoming the playground and place to...

The Whangarei Heads peninsula is becoming the playground and place to holiday. The 6000 hectare peninsula is a water and nature lover's paradise and a great place to stay on your Northland holiday or weekend break away. The peninsula is ringed with numerous sheltered harbour bays and coves on one side, and expansive white sandy ocean beaches on the other. The waters of Parua Bay, McLeod's, Taurkura, Reotahi and Urquhart's Bays provide numerous family friendly swimming and picnicking spots. On its pacific coastal side the magnificent 5km long Ocean Beach and to the North the popular Taiharuru and Pataua estuaries. Between these coastal fringes lie towering 20 million year old volcanic peaks, "the backbone" of Whangarei Heads with Mt Mania and Mt Lion rising steeply from the sea to over 400 metres. These mountains are surrounded by rich native bush and are abundant with wildlife including noted populations of North Island Brown kiwi.

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Overlooked corner of NZ

If I had to choose between the Bay of Islands or the Whangarei Heads to get a taste of the best our northern coastline has to offer, I would choose this every time. Beautiful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If I had to choose between the Bay of Islands or the Whangarei Heads to get a taste of the best our northern coastline has to offer, I would choose this every time. Beautiful, uncrowded, laid back and friendly

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed exploring the coast and amazed the rugged volcanic rim. Lovey, safe beach for the kids and a bonus play ground

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beaches are beautiful with excellent swimming, lovely sand and very clean water. The walking options are numerous with Smugglers Cove being a favourite providing access to another great beach. Fishing in the harbour off the rocks can be very rewarding. Peach Cove is another great track where you may get to see a Robin amongst the native bird population.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

30-35 minute windy road drive from Whangarei city. We only saw the tavern that opens at 11am on the bay side of the road just before Whangarei heads and two other places to stop for a bite. One is Mt Manaia club where you must be a member or guest of a member. The third is where we stopped for... More 

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Moffat Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We drove out here expecting to find somewhere we could have lunch but we're very disappointed...... Almost nowhere to eat and about 3/4 hour each way

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auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This little enclave has some amazing little bays and special place so explore. It is not too far from Whangarei and will give visitors a great taste of what is store for the,m in this region/.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Drive for about thirty or so minutes and find pretty beaches, with very few people around, plus lots of walks. Delightful.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Beautiful and relaxing beach where you can see so many families having fun. I went there on a sunny day and it was absolutely amazing and unique.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Not only is this area visually beautiful, it is historic as well. Check out the old church in McLeods Bay or the old cemetary. Drive to 'Oceans' Beach and wander along, often by yourself. Come back through all the Bays and have a great lunch in McLeod Bay, then view the Refinery from Reotahi. A lovely way to spend a... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

A beautiful location with superb views. Takes a few minutes to go in off the main highway, but worth the detour.

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