Experience The Best of Whangarei with a Cheap Car Rental
Road Tripping in the Winterless North of New ZealandIf you are after a car rental in Whangarei, you will pick your vehicle up from Budget or Avis on Hannah Street. A hire car will give you comfort and convenience so you can create your own schedule and design your own itinerary.
Whangarei City —“Bountiful Land” in Maori translation— is the main centre of the Northland Region in New Zealand, at the top of the North Island . Whangarei is only a 2-hour drive from the city of Auckland, and has a population of around 50,000.
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Discover the natural beauties of Whangarei in a car rental
Bream Head Coast Walks offers two or three-day private unguided walks situated at Whangarei Heads. The walks take in private farmland, stunning ocean and harbour beaches, rural roads, recreational reserves and existing public walkways. Walkers start each day from the immaculately presented purpose-built lodge and walk along well-marked routes experiencing an amazing variety of landscapes. At the end of the day they return by foot, or in one of the vehicles, for a hot shower and a delicious dinner which is ready with a minimum of effort - everything is pre-prepared by the company.
By day enjoy beautiful and dramatic scenery, by night listen to the moreporks and kiwi, Whangarei Heads is a nature lover's delight. Bream Head Coast Walks offers a fantastic variety of walking options to suit all interests and fitness levels.
Kiwi North & Whangarei Museum
Take a breather with Kiwi North; there's something for everyone in one very special place! Kiwi North is one of the “must see” visitor attractions of Northland with 25 hectares of volcanic farmlands and forests where the Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park are hosted. Kiwi House displays NZ's iconic kiwi bird -- this is the only captive kiwi viewing in Northland. Also, Whangarei Museum has extensive collections and special exhibitions, all set in a beautiful park with an original early settler homestead and other historic Victorian buildings.
It's the perfect spot for city views and do a picnic with family and friends. Snacks and soft drinks are offered at the visitor reception. If you are getting to the area by campervan and you are a NZMA member, campervan sites are available. Kiwi North organizes special and fun events for the public which include vintage machinery exhibitions, stalls, Edwardian games, among others. Open daily 10am to 4pm, closed 24th & 25th December only.
Whangarei Quarry Gardens
37a Russell Road, Kensington, Whangarei
Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a subtropical garden oasis created by local volunteers among the remnants of a former stone quarry in the Pukenui/Western Hills district of our city. The 24 hectare site features numerous tropical, subtropical and arid gardens, native forest trails, numerous waterfalls, a lake, a picnic area, and loads of native and exotic flora and fauna.
After 18 years of hard work developing the Gardens, the WQG Trust will soon open a new visitors' centre & cafe on the grounds (Spring 2015). This facility (designed by award-winning HB Architecture) will allow this community-led project to accommodate large groups of visitors as well host catered events within the gardens. Entry to the gardens is by voluntary donation, with all money collected going towards maintenance and development.
Poor Knights Islands
The coast of New Zealand is a playground for travelers and locals alike, with so much to offer: whale and dolphin watching, fishing, jet boating, sailing, diving and more. Jet your hire car just up the coast of Whangarei where the Island of Poor Knights is situated. It's a protected marine park that has become a popular destination for a unique and memorable experience in the North Island. It has an abundance of sea life, due to the water around it being protected from all fishing and removal of any shells or coral. Rainbow coloured fish and coral will be there to greet you as you enter an octopus's garden, a breathtaking experience you will never forget. Find a pearl of a car hire deal with the car rental pirates VroomVroomVroom... Yarrrrr, mateys!!!
Tipu Waterfront Accommodation
If you need a break away from the bustle of the city, Tipu is the perfect waterfront luxury accommodation. Providing tranquility on the shores of on the shores of the Waipu Cove Wildlife Reserve in Bream Bay, Tipu has a contemporary infrastructure, offering designer units with a separate bedroom and kitchenette. All amenities and towels are included. You can also enjoy their continental breakfast on a deck overlooking the lake & stunning landscape. Among the activities you can do there are kayaking, fishing and surfing options. The historic city of Waipu is only a 5-minute drive away, where you can find restaurants and cafes.
BK's Pohutukawa Lodge
BK's Pohutukawa Lodge is a well-situated and comfortable motel accommodation located in the heart of Whangarei, which makes it an ideal stay for families or business travellers. It is close by to many tourist and natural attractions such as Whangarei Falls, restaurants, museums, art galleries and shops. The lodge offers studios with kitchenette and one or two bedroom units. The services include free wireless internet, optional delivery meals and continental breakfast.
Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park
Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park is situated right next to the Ruakaka Beach, 30km south east of Whangarei. This camp is one of the largest ones in New Zealand, offering 225 power sites and 75 tent sites as well as cabins. Ruakaka and Bream Bay are perfect for surfing, kite-sailing, fishing, walking and many other exciting outdoor activities to enjoy while camping. The holiday park also offers a tennis court and playground for families with children. You will also find local markets in Rukaka township and you can visit Waipu Caves and the historic town of Waipu within 10 minutes drive south.
Parua Bay Tavern
Parua Bay Tavern is the Northland's best gastro pub, situated on the waterfront of Whangarei Heads harbour. Try its classic menu which includes rustic pizzas, fresh sea food dishes, fish and chips, steak, burger and the famous Monteith Pie.
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