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A taste of things to do near by

Water activities

  • Dive Tutukaka – cruise, dive snorkel prices vary see or

  • Yukon Dive

  • SUP BRO paddle boarding hires tours lessons

  • Learn to surf 

  • Pacific coast kayaks guided expeditions and tours 09 436 1947

  • Matakohe/Limestone island boat trips from Town basin

  • Reotahi Marine reserve: Experiencing marine reserves will give educational experience of reserves providing snorkeling equipment

  • Surf, swim and sandboard at Ocean Beach

  • Explore secluded Taiharuru

  • Fish, jet-ski or boat on Whangarei harbour

Physical activities

  • My bounce indoor trampoline park, Whangarei Town 15 mins from camp

  • Parihaka Mountain Biking Park Tracks of varying difficulty - best to ride after 5pm or weekend as is working forest, 20 min from camp

  • Adventure forest, Glenbervie Confidence course involving circuits of different heights and obstacles $20- $30, 30 min from camp

  • Golf courses: Whangarei Golf club, Northland Golf club, Denby golf club, The Pines

  • Horse treks various

  • Heads Up Adventures - new mountain biking/giant scooter park just outside Onerahi, 10 min from camp


  • Bream Head coast walk 20 mins from camp

  • Smugglers cove/Busby Head Track 20 mins from camp

  • Peach Cove track 20 mins from camp

  • Whangarei Falls walk suitable for push chairs 30 mins or longer route incorporating A.H. Reed park 1.5 hrs 25 mins from camp

  • A.H.Reed Kauri Park Canopy walk 40 mins 25 mins from camp

  • Loop walk 4km flat approx. 40 -50 mins in Whangarei town 15 mins from camp

    • It is possible to Segway or hire bikes 

  • Mt Manaia up approx. 1,000 steps up and back again 2 hrs 3.5km 20 mins from camp

  • Mt Aubrey climb to the top for amazing views of Bream Bay 15 mins from camp

  • Parihaka different trails around the mountain including Hatea river walk from Town basin to Whangarei falls 20 mins from camp

  • Coronation scenic reserve walks from 30 mins to 3 hours, 20 mins from camp

  • Waimahanga walkway 4km track suitable for cycling and push chairs 15 mins from camp

  • Tutukaka and Kukutauwhao Island 1.5 hrs 2km 45 mins from camp

  • Places to visit along Whangarei Heads see:

  • Pataua South is a lovely estuary and if you go across the footbridge you get to Pataua North and the surf beach 25 mins from camp

More leisurely activities

  • Whangarei Quarry gardens Subtropical gardens and walk ways $2, 20 mins from camp

  • Botanica Whangarei sub tropical plant house, free, 15 mins from camp

  • Kiwi North Museum and Heritage park  $10 – 15 25 mins from camp

  • Ruakaka wildlife refuge  free

  • Explore the playgrounds, sculpture trail, clock museum, galleries and eateries at the Whangarei Town Basin

  • Check out the Artisans Fair every Saturday morning during summer at the Canopy Bridge

  • There is a night market with heaps of delicious street food held at the Canopy Bridge Friday evenings (frequency varies with seasons).

  • Check out: for a comprehensive list of local must-dos for everyone

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