Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park
Whangarei has a superb range of restaurants, cafes and bars
International cuisine of fresh seafood is a stand-out feature of our many local restaurants

City Experiences

Wining & Dining in Whangarei
Whangarei has a superb range of restaurants, cafés and bars, all of which are close by to your TOP 10 Holiday Park accommodation. Whatever food style or ambience you are looking for, you’ll find it in Whangarei.

Our restaurants and cafés make great use of the delicious produce grown in the region’s sub-tropical climes. Fertile orchards, gardens and farmland provide us with quality goods year round – from our gate to your plate. International cuisine of fresh seafood is a feature of our many local restaurants. Imagine fresh fish or seafood, caught within hours of your dining experience, matched with a local sauvignon blanc – the taste is unbelievable!

A stand-out restaurant, with a huge reputation for fine dining in New Zealand, is award-winning À Deco Restaurant, set in a meticulously restored art-deco period house, just a one kilometre easy stroll from our Holiday Park. Master chef, and owner, Brenton Low, has once again won a 5 star rating in New Zealand’s Cuisine Awards in 2010, winning the “Best Regional Smart Dining” award. He has been a regular finalist in Cuisine's annual competition ever since the restaurant opened.

For a dining experience where you can enjoy overlooking our international marina, head on down to Whangarei Town Basin – Quayside, where there are a variety of dining options to choose from.

Northland is the birthplace of winemaking in New Zealand. Longview Estate, just a 15 minute drive from our Holiday Park, is a must-visit. The picturesque boutique vineyard and winery with stunning views over Whangarei Harbour, offers daily tastings and sales of their wines.

There are four other excellent and award-winning wineries within an hour’s drive of Whangarei, some of which have their own restaurants.

Whangarei Town Basin - Quayside
Whangarei Town Basin – Quayside is a 5 minute drive from your Holiday Park accommodation, or take the 20 minute stroll along the riverside to work up your thirst and appetite!

Once at the quayside, with its colonial-style buildings, take a seat and enjoy the ambience as you watch the yachts cruise in and out of this sheltered marina, that is home to boats from all over the world. Browse the quality art studios, boutiques shops and gift stores and then enjoy the food and drinks on offer at a variety of cafes and restaurants. This is a lovely place to relax and soak up the serenity, be it for morning tea or a glass of wine at dusk.

Museums and Art Galleries
Art and history form a vital part of the Whangarei community, and the array of art galleries, studios and museums here is just excellent.

At Whangarei Town Basin - Quayside, you can watch internationally-celebrated glass blowing in action at Burning Issues, or browse a number of art and craft galleries, as well as the local artisans’ co-operative boutique store known as BACH.

Claphams Clocks, our National Clock Museum, is located at the Town Basin next to the giant sundial, and has the Southern Hemisphere’s largest collection of clocks and timepieces. Regular tours are always available, which promise to entertain both young and old.

Pick up a copy of the Whangarei Visitor Guide from our Reception and head off on a full-day arts’ trail, visiting private studios and cooperative artist’s galleries, like the Quarry Arts Centre. Or stop by at Northland’s only public gallery, the Whangarei Art Museum, situated in Cafler Park. This is the permanent home of the city’s art collection (with both historic and contemporary works on display) and the venue for nationally-touring exhibitions. Northland inspires thousands of talented artists of all mediums, and their art will inspire you.

The Whangarei Museum & Heritage Park has a live Kiwi encounter (New Zealand’s endangered iconic bird), historic buildings including a magnificent Kauri homestead dating back to 1886, vintage vehicles and machinery, maori taonga, early settlers’collections, as well as beautiful bush walks to enjoy and much more. A fun place to be for the whole family.

Right next to the Whangarei Museum & Heritage Park is the Native Bird Recovery Centre. Admission is free, and here you can see the injured and endangered birds who are being cared for and nursed back to health, at this unique aviary – from magnificent albatross to the cheeky New Zealand fantail. Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park are proud sponsors of the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre, and would like to acknowledge the wonderful work the team there do, to ensure the survival of our native birds.

Annual Art Festivals such as the Summer ‘Art Beat’, or the Winter Arts Festival, attract visitors from around New Zealand and the world, to experience the variety, originality and quality of Whangarei artisans.
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