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“My Best Place in the World”
Review of Whangaroa Harbour

Whangaroa Harbour
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Whangaroa
Certificate of Excellence
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Northallerton, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“My Best Place in the World”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We lived in Kaeo and Waitaruke and I have not visited anywhere quite as beautiful as Whangaroa. It may not be the most 'happening' place in the World but for natural beauty it is hard to beat. There are amazing outcrops of interesting rock formations amongst the lush green bush that grows right down to the water's edge. The harbour is deep and was once a busy shipping and logging port so has some very interesting history. Near the entrance to the harbour there are the remains of a Navy Station with look outs and gun emplacements.
A walk up St Paul's Rock is a must while here if you are into walking and the Lane's Bay Walk is also very worthwhile, taking you through beautiful bush and past an amazing waterfall. There is a Department of Conservation Cabin that can be booked (from Doc Office) at the end of this walk that is situated in a very beautiful location just below the Dukes Nose Rock which can also be climbed. If you would like a more relaxing holiday there is a house boat that can be hired where you can spend your time soaking in the scenery and enjoying the beautiful bays.
There are many beautiful bays where fresh seafood can be gathered and eaten. Because it is so deep it is great for fishing and the harbour is very safe. Skiing and diving are great around this area also. Gamefishing is popular and there are boats that can be chartered for those wanting to catch a big fish.
Everyone that know how to make their own entertainment and enjoys the outdoors will find something to do in Whangaroa. It truly is a magical place that you will want to return to.

Visited December 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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79 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“One of the best things we did in NZ”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

In hindsight, I wish we spent more time in Whangaroa Harbour. What we did was, drive up Whangaroa Road, past the legendary fish n chip shop (where we asked for directions), then turned up Old Hospital Road and parked at the top, so we could walk up to St Pauls Rock. What a great walk. Steep, but interesting and the best view ever from the top. Like Sydney Harbour without the buildings. After that we had fish n chips (which totally lived up to expectations) then went south. I think we should have spent at least one night there and I hope we'll be back to this beautiful place one day.

Visited December 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Whangaroa Harbour - a real treat”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Just stayed for one night but will definitely be back. Stayed at Whangaroa Lodge on hill overlooking the harbour. Beautiful views and the lodge has been renovated to a high standard, with one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. Dont go straight into Whangaroa Harbour from the SH 10, turn off before Kaeo towards Matauri Bay and travel north around the coast to Whangaroa Harbour, on a sunny day the little coves have the clearest, blue/green water to be seen and the most gorgeous sandy beaches.

Visited October 2012
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Stunning scenery”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

One of the most beautiful harbours in the world, also one of the deepest. Everything about this place is magical, from the sculptured rock faces to the tropical native forest that hug the shorelines. A very special place.

Visited April 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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“great views”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

The motel is just above the harbour so the views are spectacular especially in the early morning. Perfect for a bit of photography.

Visited April 2012
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