Combine a gorgeous vast surf beach and wonderful sea views from the cliffs. Time it for low tide and you can do an excellent loop walk, walking back on the beach. Too close to high tide and you'll get wet.
FTake in two of Whangarei's best sights in one walk, with two big Kauri trees and a 26m idyllic waterfall on the way. The reserves are connected by a nice river walk.
The steep ascent through conservation bush to Bream Head will be rewarded with some great views from the cliffs (magma plugs) on top, then you'll see the Hen & Chicken Islands and magnificent Ocean Beach all the way down. Back along the street to the car park.
Northland's main centre combines city feeling with an environment that's up there with New Zealand's best. You can find magnificent viewpoints from the top of extinct volcanoes, a rich Maori and European heritage with many historic pa sites, a beautiful Town Basin that attracts yachts from around the world, protected bush and walking tracks wherever you go, and the 26m Whangarei Falls which are the best of at least 5 other nice waterfalls in the vicinity. Whangarei has a subtropical climate and a very high density of artists and art galleries. The Bay of Islands and West Coast are already within day trip distance and the Whangarei Heads and Tutukaka Coast with their wild ocean beaches and idyllic bays are only a short drive away.
The beautiful drive on the northern shore of Whangarei Harbour starts at the Town Basin in Whangarei. Along the Pohutukawa lined coast there are many picturesque bays, bush walks and Polynesian style volcanic summits, the roads end at wild ocean beaches - and only a few surfers and fishermen to share them with. After Parua Bay you can go straight towards the remote beaches of Pataua and Taiharuru, or take the right turnoff towards McLeod Bay and Ocean Beach. Soon Mount Manaia is towering above the landscape. At McLeod Bay you can detour to Reotahi behind Mount Aubry and get a close look at New Zealand’s only oil refinery across the harbour or see a small island marine reserve and the freezing works ruins from where frozen meat was shipped to England nearly 100 years ago.
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