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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand

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Good spot to visit

This could be the jewel in the crown for Whangarei. Nice eating spots - places for kids to play etc. Super ice creams as well. Now if only the locals would grab the Hunderwasser... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Judith D
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This could be the jewel in the crown for Whangarei. Nice eating spots - places for kids to play etc. Super ice creams as well. Now if only the locals would grab the Hunderwasser project by the throat the whole area would become world class and attract tourists to Whangarei. Be brave people - do it for your town.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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414 reviews 414 reviews
279 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Most towns have a place where people meet up, restaurants open and it becomes the place to be. This one is better than most, good views, facilities like kids play park installed and a pleasant atmosphere created. A place with a chill factor, sorry if you want more life you may need to ask local where the night clubs are.

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Dargaville, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you are visiting Whangarei you HAVE to go to the town basin. Lots of interesting gift shops, the clock museum and more. Plus every sort of eatery. Go just for a coffee, brunch or lunch you wont be disappointed. Follow up with a walk along the estuary. Interesting sculptures dotted along the way and information about the local history.

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Cheshire
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A lovely area with numerous shops and cafes and restaurants. Great circular walk over the new bridge, level walking - takes about one hour. Great atmosphere in the Basin - certainly where it is all happening.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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186 reviews 186 reviews
62 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Stopped here on a tour. A great place for a walk along the river. Some nice places for a coffee and a cake. Lots of local people out for a run / walk / stroll. Pretty gardens with a huge sun dial.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

For a local to bring a visitor too this must be the number one attraction in town. Simply called "The Town Basin" it is so much more. Excellent restaurants, coffee shops and intriguing speciality shops, art trail, children’s play area, contemplation seating to view the yachts on the water with their forest of masts. Certainly a vibrant hub to launch... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

was ok not really a lot to say about this area for now. could be enhanced further so will definitely look forward to seeing if any updating has been made on our next visit bacl.

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Sydney, Australia
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146 reviews 146 reviews
41 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

There are numerous shops and restaurants as well as the local 'i'. (Info) Plus a pleasant riverside sculptural walk. Lots of cruising yachts adds to the interest and they local brewery is also nearby. Good spot.

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Bransgore, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
45 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Had a good Sunday brunch here with Family and very much enjoyed looking around the basin. Wonderful Ice Cream. So many yachts to see from all over the world, lovely day.

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Melbourne
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109 reviews 109 reviews
62 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Give yourself time to walk around and pick any place to eat. I must say you will find it hard to find a bad place to eat in whangarei.

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