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.
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