Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park
There are so many excellent short walks, native bush walks, river trails and extended hikes to enjoy here in Whangarei
Whangarei district boasts, literally, 100 beaches and bays!
An easy 1 hour stroll through lush native bush brings you to Whangarei Falls
Beautiful diving spots right off the beach

Natural Wonders

Close to your accommodation at our Holiday Park are a raft of excellent short walks, native bush walks, river trails and extended hikes. Our beautiful local beaches are also something very special – and, we have 100! Our team here at Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park are happy to help you choose something that suits your age, fitness level and experience.

Explore the natural wonders of Northland, NZ on your next holiday in Whangarei.


100 Beaches
Whangarei District boasts, literally, 100 beaches and bays. Some are just a short drive from Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park, while others are secluded and ‘secret’ – but we’ll share the directions with you!

Whether you’d like to fish from shore, surf big waves or just laze about in a calm blue bay away from the crowds, there’s a beach (or ten!) that you will just love.

Dramatic headlands, turquoise-water kayaking, superb snorkelling and more await you here.
Children will love splashing about in the shallows, exploring rock pools and building sandcastles in the soft, white sand.

Best of all, with so many beautiful beaches here, you are bound to discover one that you can have to yourself all day – your own sub-tropical getaway.

So, ask us about; the perfectly formed and sheltered, horseshoe bay of Matapouri Beach, with its fine white sand; or private and pristine Whale Bay, which is only accessible by foot; or the reknowned surf beaches of Sandy Bay or Ocean Beach; or the quintessential kiwi beach at Oakura Bay, with its shady stand of pohutukawa trees; or the long open stretches of white sand at Pataua Beach, Ruakaka Beach, or Waipu Cove; or the bays and coves of Tutukaka, Whananaki or Whangarei Harbour. We could go on, for we've only mentioned a few of our wonderful beach escapes, so be sure to bring your map and ask our advice.


Scenic Walks
There are so many excellent short walks, native bush walks, river trails and extended hikes to enjoy here in Whangarei. We have the Whangarei Walks brochures in Reception that include trail maps, or ask us about the best walks to suit the type of experience you’d like to have. Here are some of our favourites:

Whangarei Falls
An easy 1 hour stroll through lush native bush brings you to Whangarei Falls, one of our most-visited and photogenic natural attractions. Water tumbles more than 25 metres into a bush-fringed pool and there are a number of viewing platforms from which to enjoy the waterfall. Take a picnic.

Parihaka
Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park is nestled under the shadow of Mount Parihaka. This historical site features extensive remnants from an ancient Maori settlement including three heavily defended Pa sites (one of which was the site of a major battle and massacre in the 1700’s). At the summit of Parihaka, you will find the Whangarei War Memorial and a look-out with amazing views of Whangarei City and our harbour. You can drive part of the way up Parihaka, or take a 1 hour walk, beginning right here at our Holiday Park, crossing the river bridge and taking one of a number of tracks to the summit.

AH Read Memorial Kauri Park
Take a 30 minute walk through this stunning native bush reserve. This walk includes a tree-top canopy walkway, which gives you a bird’s eye view of the lush forest as you walk amongst the tree tops, including 500 year old Kauri trees. This park has full access for wheelchairs.

Whangarei Heads, Mount Manaia, Smugglers Cove & Bream Head
With rugged mountainous peaks and dense native bush, Whangarei Heads offers sheltered beaches and rocky bays, perfect for a private picnics, kayaking and swimming. Mount Manaia towers over the harbour entrance, and offers a great 1 hour climb, with stunning views of the surrounding bays. For the ultimate in seclusion, Smugglers Cove is an easy 20 minute walk from the Woolshed Bay car park and features a Pohutukawa-lined beach. Or for a more challenging walk, pack a picnic and strap on your walking shoes and explore the Bream Head Scenic Reserve, a full day walk around the iconic headlands, with amazing views.

Tutukaka Coast, Whale Bay & Ngunguru
North-east of Whangarei is the Tutukaka Coast, known for the offshore islands of the Poor Knights, and the idyllic bays and beaches which offer the perfect conditions for everything from surfing to swimming to kayaking to snorkelling; not to mention a number of great bush walks. Whale Bay is one of the area’s gems, with postcard-perfect white sand, calm waters and shady Pohutukawa trees. The beach is accessed by foot only, through a grove of ancient Puriri trees. You’ll also find an easy, picturesque walk from Whangaumu Bay over the hill to Ngunguru, via a number of small bays.
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