Declan’s guidebook

Declan

Declan’s guidebook

Food scene
My favourite place to eat in Whangarei. High quality, authentic Middle Eastern food with friendly staff and reasonable prices. Also serves great coffee. Plenty of options for vegans/vegetarians Open 9am - 9pm every day
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Fat Camel Cafe
12 Cameron Street
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My favourite place to eat in Whangarei. High quality, authentic Middle Eastern food with friendly staff and reasonable prices. Also serves great coffee. Plenty of options for vegans/vegetarians Open 9am - 9pm every day
Excellent coffee and open from 7am Mon- Sat, 8am Sunday. Situated in the town basin, so practically across the road from here.
Serenity Cafe
45 Quayside
Excellent coffee and open from 7am Mon- Sat, 8am Sunday. Situated in the town basin, so practically across the road from here.
Upmarket dining with excellent views of the town basin and Hatea River. Best all-round restaurant. Also does an awesome breakfast!
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The Quay
31 Quayside
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Upmarket dining with excellent views of the town basin and Hatea River. Best all-round restaurant. Also does an awesome breakfast!
Best ice cream in Whangarei! Open daily 9am-9pm
Bocky Boo Gelato
71 Cameron Street
Best ice cream in Whangarei! Open daily 9am-9pm
Delicious authentic Indian cuisine at a very reasonable price. Suitable for vegans/vegetarians - try the eggplant curry!
Khane Bahar Indian
95 Kamo Road
Delicious authentic Indian cuisine at a very reasonable price. Suitable for vegans/vegetarians - try the eggplant curry!
Beautiful spot to have lunch or stop by for a drink. If you're lucky, you may even spot some orcas or dolphins in the bay!
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Parua Bay Tavern
1034 Whangarei Heads Road
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Beautiful spot to have lunch or stop by for a drink. If you're lucky, you may even spot some orcas or dolphins in the bay!
Great Vietnamese food, well priced and fast service. Ideal for a quick meal and just a short walk away.
Mean's Vietnamese Cafe
13 Rathbone St
Great Vietnamese food, well priced and fast service. Ideal for a quick meal and just a short walk away.
Delicious Thai food just a short walk away. Beef salad is my favourite!
Pimarn Thai Restaurant
12 Rathbone St
Delicious Thai food just a short walk away. Beef salad is my favourite!
Delicious hand made fudge and chocolates. Also offers Rush Munro ice-cream and excellent thickshakes. Situated 2 minutes away in the town basin :)
New Zealand Fudge Farm Cafe
Delicious hand made fudge and chocolates. Also offers Rush Munro ice-cream and excellent thickshakes. Situated 2 minutes away in the town basin :)
Simple menu done very well. Perfect place to get a quick dinner before going to the movies. Open Monday - Saturday, 11am - Late.
Split Bar & Restaurant
15 Rathbone St
Simple menu done very well. Perfect place to get a quick dinner before going to the movies. Open Monday - Saturday, 11am - Late.
Superb Asian-fusion cuisine with a shared plate theme. Currently running a lunch deal - $49.50 for two. Same owners as the Quay
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8 Quayside
Superb Asian-fusion cuisine with a shared plate theme. Currently running a lunch deal - $49.50 for two. Same owners as the Quay
Wide range of delicious filled bagels, coffee and juices. Perfect for a snack or quick lunch.
Biggie Bagels
7 Bank St
Wide range of delicious filled bagels, coffee and juices. Perfect for a snack or quick lunch.
Best option for healthy food. High quality wraps, salads, smoothies, snacks, protein shakes and vegan + keto friendly. Also serves coffee! 5 min walk, just across the bridge. Open 7am - 3pm Monday - Friday
SPROUT
95 Walton Street
Best option for healthy food. High quality wraps, salads, smoothies, snacks, protein shakes and vegan + keto friendly. Also serves coffee! 5 min walk, just across the bridge. Open 7am - 3pm Monday - Friday
My favourite for Chinese takeaways
Great Wall Chinese & European Takeaways
97 Kamo Rd
My favourite for Chinese takeaways
Lovely cafe with tables out back looking out to the Hatea River. Great coffee and a small offering of cakes/pastries available.
Kafé
52 Riverside Dr
Lovely cafe with tables out back looking out to the Hatea River. Great coffee and a small offering of cakes/pastries available.
Situated inside Palmers on Central Ave. Really nice location and a fantastic menu - I highly recommend the Smashed Avocado!
Cafe Botannix Whangarei
Situated inside Palmers on Central Ave. Really nice location and a fantastic menu - I highly recommend the Smashed Avocado!
Sightseeing
Panoramic views of the entire Whangarei area. The track can be accessed via a thoroughfare at the end of Ewing Rd. Approximately a 1 hour walk from door to summit. The lookout can also be reached by car via Memorial Drive, off Riverside Drive.
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Mount Parihaka Lookout and Memorial
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Panoramic views of the entire Whangarei area. The track can be accessed via a thoroughfare at the end of Ewing Rd. Approximately a 1 hour walk from door to summit. The lookout can also be reached by car via Memorial Drive, off Riverside Drive.
Stunning waterfalls, just 10 minutes drive up the road. Also features a native forest track running alongside the Hatea River.
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Whangarei Falls
6 Ngunguru Rd
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Stunning waterfalls, just 10 minutes drive up the road. Also features a native forest track running alongside the Hatea River.
Lovely place to take a walk around. Contains a gallery/shop, small cafe and workshops for the local artists. Particularly renown for ceramics.
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The Quarry Arts Centre
21 Selwyn Ave
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Lovely place to take a walk around. Contains a gallery/shop, small cafe and workshops for the local artists. Particularly renown for ceramics.
Beautiful gardens maintained by an army of volunteers. Gold coin donation is optional at the entrance. Also features a large cafe with excellent views
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Whangarei Quarry Gardens
37A Russell Rd
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Beautiful gardens maintained by an army of volunteers. Gold coin donation is optional at the entrance. Also features a large cafe with excellent views
Saturdays 6am-10am. All products sold here are grown/made by the people who run the stalls. Delicious pastries across the road outside the Hare Krishna restaurant.
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Whangarei Growers Market
19 Water St
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Saturdays 6am-10am. All products sold here are grown/made by the people who run the stalls. Delicious pastries across the road outside the Hare Krishna restaurant.
Nice walk and loops right back to the house!
Town Basin Loop Track Sculpture Trail
Nice walk and loops right back to the house!
Wonderful collection of clocks from around the world, perfectly situated in the Town Basin across from Serenity Cafe. Very informative for those who like history. Entry is $10 for adults.
Claphams Clock Museum
Wonderful collection of clocks from around the world, perfectly situated in the Town Basin across from Serenity Cafe. Very informative for those who like history. Entry is $10 for adults.
Lovely beach, 35 minutes drive with beautiful coastal views along the way. Perfect place to visit during the warmer months.
Ocean Beach Car Park
Lovely beach, 35 minutes drive with beautiful coastal views along the way. Perfect place to visit during the warmer months.
A nice 20 minute scenic walk to get there from the airbnb. Alternatively a 4 minute drive. Beautiful park with plenty of open spaces. Picnic tables down by the river are a great option if you wish to bring some lunch with you.
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Mair Park
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A nice 20 minute scenic walk to get there from the airbnb. Alternatively a 4 minute drive. Beautiful park with plenty of open spaces. Picnic tables down by the river are a great option if you wish to bring some lunch with you.
Indoor mini golf, glow in the dark/psychedelic themes. Great activity to do if it's raining or during the evening. Cost is $9 per person
Extreme Mini Golf
2 Reyburn St
Indoor mini golf, glow in the dark/psychedelic themes. Great activity to do if it's raining or during the evening. Cost is $9 per person
The main attraction here is the kiwi house, but it also show cases various native lizards etc. This huge complex also includes several small museums, a planetarium, train rides and plenty of picnic tables. Entry is $20 for adults and $5 for children.
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Kiwi North: Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park
500 State Highway 14
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The main attraction here is the kiwi house, but it also show cases various native lizards etc. This huge complex also includes several small museums, a planetarium, train rides and plenty of picnic tables. Entry is $20 for adults and $5 for children.
Perfect idea if you're looking to get active and have some fun! This place has many activities available, but the main attraction is the monster scooters. Kind of like normal scooters but with huge tires and great suspension. 8 different downhill tracks to choose from, with shuttles collecting you from the bottom each time and taking you back up. Approximately a 10 minute drive to get there. Highly recommend!
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HeadsUp Adventures
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Perfect idea if you're looking to get active and have some fun! This place has many activities available, but the main attraction is the monster scooters. Kind of like normal scooters but with huge tires and great suspension. 8 different downhill tracks to choose from, with shuttles collecting you from the bottom each time and taking you back up. Approximately a 10 minute drive to get there. Highly recommend!
Wide range of native and exotic species. Completely free and located just a few minutes away!
Botanica Whangarei - Fernery & Conservatory
2 First Avenue
Wide range of native and exotic species. Completely free and located just a few minutes away!
Nice easy loop walk in beautiful surroundings. Along the way is access to several caves, though you will need to be prepared with the correct equipment if you wish to explore the caves.
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Abbey Caves
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Nice easy loop walk in beautiful surroundings. Along the way is access to several caves, though you will need to be prepared with the correct equipment if you wish to explore the caves.
Really nice and gentle loop walk featuring spectacular limestone formations. Plenty of open grass area, picnic tables and public toilets. 20 minute drive to get here, right off State Highway 1. Bring swimwear if you feel like swimming in the lake!
Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve
129-141 King Street
Really nice and gentle loop walk featuring spectacular limestone formations. Plenty of open grass area, picnic tables and public toilets. 20 minute drive to get here, right off State Highway 1. Bring swimwear if you feel like swimming in the lake!