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Around Town: What to do in Whangarei

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by Hertz NZ - 04 August 2017

Venture up to New Zealand’s north – about as close to the top as you can get – and you’ll come across Whangarei, a stunning seaside city less than a three hour’s drive from Auckland.

Whangarei is a city like no other; its sub-tropical climate means the landscape is peppered with palm trees and sandy beaches, while its proximity to nature will find you whiling away the days at one of the many waterfalls.

Take a stroll down to the harbour and you’ll come across quaint sailing boats and yachts that are picture-perfect. Set against a backdrop of colonial houses and rolling hills, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to somewhere truly magical.

The city is known for being foodie central, borrowing its palate from nearby Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Enjoy the ‘fresh-from-the-sea’ flavours the area is known for.

Once you have tempted your tastebuds, explore one of the many boutiques or museums that are located around the city, or visit a natural landmark like Bream Head, Taheke Waterfall or the Whangarei Falls.

The weather up here is pleasant all year round, meaning travel season seems to last forever. Visiting in summer means you’ll be able to experience the warm waters that surround the city; a winter exploration will provide you access to the towering mountains that host New Zealand’s ski seasons.

From Whangarei, it’s an easy drive to Auckland where you can stay a couple of nights. Then, drive onward to the spectacular Bay of Islands, art-deco Napier or geothermal Rotorua. The North Island truly is a destination where you’ll uncover a new gem every day.

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