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Whangarei is a city located in the Northland region of New Zealand, situated on the banks of the Hatea River. It is the northernmost city in the country, and has a population of approximately 53,000 people.

The area is renowned for its natural beauty and stunning scenery, with rolling hills, lush green forests, and sparkling blue waters. It is a popular destination for tourists, offering a range of activities such as fishing, kayaking, and bushwalking.

Whangarei is situated on a narrow isthmus between two harbours, the Whangarei Harbour and the Hatea River. The city is home to the Whangarei Falls, a spectacular waterfall which cascades down a steep gorge and into the harbour below.

The city is also home to the Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park, which showcases the history of the area and its people. It features a range of historical artifacts, including Maori artifacts, settler artifacts, and more.

Whangarei was first settled by the Maori people in the 1300s, and was later colonized by the British in the early 1800s. During the Second World War, a large military base was established in the area, and it remained in operation until the 1970s.

Whangarei is an important cultural centre for the Maori people, and is home to a number of marae (meeting grounds). There are also several cultural events held throughout the year, such as the Whangarei Maori Festival and the Whangarei Arts Festival.

Whangarei is an attractive and vibrant city, offering a range of activities and attractions for visitors. From its stunning natural beauty to its rich cultural heritage, there is something for everyone in Whangarei.

Excursion tips for a day in Whangarei

Whangarei in New Zealand is a great destination for tourists looking for a unique and exciting experience. Here are some ideas for activities to do in Whangarei on a day trip:

1. Visit the Whangarei Falls, a beautiful waterfall with a scenic walking track.
2. Try the local seafood at the Town Basin Marina.
3. Explore the Whangarei Quarry Gardens, a unique urban park with a variety of native plants.
4. Take a boat tour of the nearby Bay of Islands.
5. Visit the Whangarei Museum and Kiwi House to learn about the local culture and history.
6. Check out the Flagstaff Hill Lookout for amazing views of the city.
7. Go to the Hatea River Walkway for a peaceful stroll along the river.
8. Go shopping at the Whangarei Art Museum and Art Gallery.
9. Take a guided tour of the Kiwi North Wildlife Park and see the native wildlife.
10. Enjoy a picnic at the Parihaka Peace Park.

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The climate in Whangarei

Whangarei in New Zealand experiences a temperate climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. In winter, temperatures range from 7-15°C, with frequent rainfall and occasional frosts. Spring brings warmer temperatures of 10-20°C, with more sunshine and less rain. Summertime temperatures range from 15-25°C and are generally sunny and dry. Autumn sees temperatures cool again, ranging from 10-20°C, with occasional showers. Overall, Whangarei has a mild climate with relatively low levels of rainfall throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Whangarei

Our weather forecast for Whangarei helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 14.4 °C
min: 8.4 °C
15.5 m/s
41.0 m/s
88.8 %
23.8 m
83.9 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 11.3 °C
13.3 m/s
42.8 m/s
99.9 %
9.2 m
97.9 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 18.6 °C
min: 11.1 °C
4.3 m/s
20.5 m/s
61.2 %
22.1 m
91.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 15.3 °C
min: 9.2 °C
6.8 m/s
18.4 m/s
82.3 %
20.7 m
95.5 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 16.6 °C
min: 8 °C
7.6 m/s
16.2 m/s
34.2 %
23.8 m
91.6 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 12.0 °C
min: 9.2 °C
4.3 m/s
25.2 m/s
99.4 %
17.8 m
98.8 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 12.8 °C
min: 9.1 °C
14.8 m/s
47.9 m/s
66.7 %
21.4 m
92.7 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 14.8 °C
min: 9.2 °C
13.6 m/s
45.4 m/s
64.9 %
20.2 m
89.5 %
999 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 13.6 °C
min: 9.6 °C
18.0 m/s
53.6 m/s
43.4 %
23.2 m
82.4 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 15.2 °C
min: 9.9 °C
12.6 m/s
38.5 m/s
33.7 %
24.1 m
75.8 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 15.7 °C
min: 7.7 °C
7.9 m/s
19.8 m/s
31.1 %
24.1 m
83.9 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 17.8 °C
min: 6.6 °C
4.3 m/s
7.6 m/s
31.6 %
24.1 m
85.3 %
1,024 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 16.8 °C
min: 8 °C
9.0 m/s
31.1 m/s
85.0 %
24.1 m
90.0 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 14.5 °C
min: 8.1 °C
12.6 m/s
41.8 m/s
80.3 %
22.8 m
92.4 %
1,018 hPa

Cruises to Whangarei

Would you like to travel to Whangarei on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Whangarei.

Scheduled ship calls in Whangarei, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jan. 18th 2025 Saturday, 18th of Jan. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 01:30 pm 10:00 pm
Mar. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Mar. 2025 MS Nautica 08:00 am 09:00 pm
Feb. 7th 2026 Saturday, 7th of Feb. 2026 Seven Seas Navigator 08:00 am 09:00 pm

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