Dive! Tutukaka is New Zealand’s premier and award-winning dive charter operator, servicing the Poor Knights’ Islands; “the best sub-tropical diving in the world”, with daily sight-seeing and snorkelling aboard the “Perfect Day” or dedicated diving trips.Renowned for friendly and professional crews, Dive! Tutukaka operates 364 days a year. Their home base, the Poor Knight Dive Centre, supplies air fills, dive and snorkel equipment retail sales and hire.Dive! Tutukaka blends the visual drama of Poor Knights with passionate people and delivers you a total diving, sightseeing or snorkelling experience.
Cost: From $149
Skydive Ballistic Blondes
Enjoy a scenic flight and sky dive with Ballistic Blondes!, and feel the adrenalin pumping through your veins as you plummet - 200 kilometres per hour – straight down! As the chute opens, glide over picturesque Whangarei Harbour. Skydive Ballistic Blondes is the first and only skydiving operator in New Zealand offering beach landings. You choose which spectacular beach dropzone – the long, white sands of Ocean Beach on Whangarei’s east coast or popular Paihia Beach, in the heart of Northland’s hottest tourist destination. Whether you’re after a tandem skydiving experience or you want to learn to skydive and go ‘Ballistic Solo’ with Skydive Ballistic Blondes ‘Accelerated Free Fall’ (AFF) programme, there’s no better place to skydive in New Zealand.
Cost: From $245
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 that you will just love – 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.
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:
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.
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.
Town Basin - Quayside
Whangarei Town Basin – Quayside is a 5 minute drive, or an easy 20 minute stroll along the riverside away. With its colonial-style buildings, quality art studios, boutique shops, gift stores, cafes, restaurants, and sheltered marina, this is a lovely place to relax, be it for morning tea or a glass of wine at dusk. Watch glass blowing in action at Burning Issues, browse the local artisans’ co-operative boutique store known as BACH, or take a tour through Claphams Clocks, our National Clock Museum, located next to the giant sundial, which has the Southern Hemisphere’s largest collection of clocks and timepieces.
Whangarei has a superb range of restaurants, cafés and bars. 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 the sea, head to Whangarei Town Basin – Quayside, Schnapper Rock at Tutukaka, or fine-dining Top Sail Restaurant.
Ancient Kauri Clocks - Natural Wood Creations
The Kauri Clock Factory has over 20 years experience in producing high quality, beautifully handcrafted, ancient Kauri clocks. With over 3500 clocks on display, the largest selection of wooden timepieces in NZ, the amazing colours and shapes of the ancient NZ swamp Kauri ensure that no two clocks are ever the same.
Using only the best Seiko clock movements from Japan and Barostar weather instruments from France, the clocks are guaranteed to give years of perfect time keeping. If you need a specifically designed piece, the craftsmen will also produce special custom-made pieces. These clocks make magnificent gifts for anyone, anywhere and can be shipped all over the world.Open Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm, and weekends 9 am - 4 pm. Guided factory tours are request for groups of 5 or more.
Enter the most exciting forest in Northland, and challenge yourself to amazing high-wire aerial circuits rigged from tree to tree. Once you’re equipped in full safety equipment, and have been thoroughly briefed, grab a rope, jump, roll or swing in the air to reach each platform as you complete the circuits. The circuits are designed for all ages, with two courses for smaller kids. Come along with your friends or family and share a great adventure! It's awesome! No stress: we will help you return to the ground if necessary!
Cost: From $15