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Tour the far north with Mary

September 23, 2021

Jane Mander Village resident Mary knows her way around Whangārei, her home for 17 years. Join her on a tour of this laid-back town’s must-sees.


Lose yourself in this visual tour of Whangārei’s highlights. Beloved by locals like Mary, this town packs a lot of punch. From its international yachting marina and waterside dining to its thriving artistic community, Whangārei is well worth a visit.


Hot Spots


  • The Town Basin – This former pā site where waka would gather is now an international yacht haven complete with restaurants, cafés, and culture.


  • Camera Obscura – One of the largest pinhole cameras in the world, this giant interactive sculpture puts the visitor in control of its aperture.


  • Poor Knights Island – A true must see, this is one of the globe’s top dive locations and home to one of the largest sea caves in the world.


  • Claphams National Clock Museum – Hold on to your socks! Fun-loving Claphams houses one of the largest collections of timepieces in the Southern Hemisphere.


  • The Quay – The jewel of The Town Basin, Quay serves up a world class dining experience specializing in locally sourced produce.


  • Whangārei Heads – Explore this natural playground for activities the whole family will enjoy including native forest, white sand beaches, and incredible fishing.