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Things to do in Whangaroa Harbour

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Whangaroa Harbour - the marlin capital of New Zealand. Dine at the Marlin Hotel, visit the Game Fishing Club and Marina. Climb to the top of St Paul's rock. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Breakfast, lunch or dinner - they're very homely, wonderful people. Check out the timings before you go, because it is closed one day per week...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“With a great location on the foreshore at Whangaroa, the Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club welcomes members, their guests and affiliated club members to enjoy the many amenities of the club. Drinks are at club prices and we have a pool table, Sky TV on a big screen, darts, World Record fish on display and a friendly atmosphere. Our restaurant is available for meals for members and the public. Competitions are held from December through to July, with tournaments for big game and bottom fishing and all have a large range of sections to fish, with great prizes to win.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Beautiful place to unwind, relax and socialise. They are open in the afternoons, well into the night. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Drive upto the top of the Old Hospital Road, and trek to the top of the rock for a spectacular, stupendous, one of a kind view of the harbour. Or just trek from home to the top of the rock...its only a mile or so. Take a water bottle with you, and if you wish to spend time at the top of the rock, take some snacks with you. Its generally a bit more windy there than it is at the base of the hill..”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a full day hike unless you catch a water taxi from whangaroa harbor. If you catch the water taxi it's a 1/2 day hike. It is an advanced walking tracking. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“The local General Store, selling a bit of everything; nice friendly owners John and Louanne; call in for local Info any day 7 days a week.”
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“An Eco-bach right above the harbour waters; all power by solar rays; newly built with all creature comforts; ideal for 'Bachglamping'; romantic, most private and natural, suit suitable lovely couple.”
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“The club has a bar and restaurant and is the meeting place for all the fishermen and their tall stories; family friendly, right by the marina.”
  • 1 local recommends
Campground
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“The closest & best restnt to your accommodation. Lovely lady chef and friendly young Maori ladies for staff. Succulent steaks, fresh fish & chips, hamburgers, pizzas, salads.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Travel Agency
“Excellent commentary about the harbour environment by Tony Foster the Bushmans friend.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Excellent walk through mature NZ bush to Lanes Cove on the Whangaroa Harbour. Native bird life. Sensible shoes required to cross a small stream.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“The Local: meet here the locals and characters of the Whangaroa scene; friendly owners & standard café meals available. Opposite the Club. Off Licence sales (take-aways). Dive Bottle Refills.”
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
“One guide book considered this harbour to be maybe the world's most beautiful natural harbour; I've never seen anything to rival it in all my travels; 5kms to explore, by foot or boat; outstanding!!!”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Breakfast, lunch or dinner - they're very homely, wonderful people. Check out the timings before you go, because it is closed one day per week...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The closest & best restnt to your accommodation. Lovely lady chef and friendly young Maori ladies for staff. Succulent steaks, fresh fish & chips, hamburgers, pizzas, salads.”
  • 1 local recommends

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