Whangarei is a city located in the northern part of the North Island of New Zealand. It has a population of about 51,000 people and was one of the fastest growing cities until the late 20th century. Unlike other cities in the country, its climate is semi-tropical-which makes it popular among tourists within the country.

Captain Cook discovered the city back in the late 18th century. However, it was inhabited by the Maori tribe only until the early 19th century. A few years after, it was occupied by the English, who largely urbanized the city.

About 240 meters northeast of the city is Mount Parihaka. It is a volcano estimated to be 20 million years old. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. To the south of the city is the Hatea River, another popular landmark.

Tourists often visit Whangarei for its warm climate and various natural attractions. One of these natural attractions is the Mount Parihaka. Backpackers and hikers can climb or hike in the mountains. There are also other activities that can be done here, such as biking and visiting the villages nearby. Within the area is the Parihaka Scenic Reserve. For people who want to get a magnificent view, this is the perfect lookout point. Also near Parihaka is the Whangarei Falls. Perfectly clean and safe, the falls is beautiful not only for taking pictures but also for swimming.

There are plenty of gardens in Whangarei. One is the Heritage Park, where historic structures can be seen. Another is the Whangarei Quarry Gardens, where exotic plants thrive in their natural habitats. As for wildlife encounters, the Zion Wildlife Gardens is where white lions, Bengal tigers, and other rare animals can be encountered.


Every tourist’s travel experience will not be complete without a trip to the beach. The Onerahi Beach can serve that purpose. It is a wholesome beach perfect for tourists in Whangarei, whatever the time of the year is.

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