Whangaroa is a stunning natural harbour covered in native bush 40 minutes drive north of the Bay of Islands and 30 minutes drive south of Doubtless Bay. The Whangaroa harbour is mostly protected as a nature reserve, with untouched areas featuring ... Show More
Tourist Information About Whangaroa
Whangaroa is a stunning natural harbour covered in native bush 40 minutes drive north of the Bay of Islands and 30 minutes drive south of Doubtless Bay. The Whangaroa harbour is mostly protected as a nature reserve, with untouched areas featuring spectacular rock outcrops and stunning views. There are many accessible walkways and hiking tracks in the area, or for a more relaxed time, Whangaroa can be toured by boat. Whangaroa Harbour is also an excellent place to access the world-famous fishing grounds off the east coast for marlin and game fishing and also for excellent snapper fishing.
Best Attractions and free things to do in Whangaroa
1. St Paul’s Rock Track
The St Paul's Rock Track, accessible from Whangaroa township, is a must-do walk in the Northland region! Climb for around 30 minutes through native vegetation to reach the volcanic plug of the mountain, known as St Paul's Rock, and enjoy spectacular views of Whangaroa Harbor.
2. Rangikapiti Pa
On a sunny day, a wonderful and educational thing to do is visit the Rangikapiti Pa riddled with history.
The Rangikapiti Pa is a historic site as well as providing breathtaking panoramic views. The remains of a historic Maori fortified village can still be seen today in the unique terraces and defensive ditch cut into the hill at a pa site. To get to the top of the hill, you can either walk or drive.
3. Coopers Beach
Walk down to a soft, sandy white beach stretching into the distance. Laze the day away watching the young ones explore rock pools or splash in the breakers.
So many places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences. Coopers beach is a can't-miss when combined with the happy locals and a sunny day. Cast a line out to catch a snapper, or ride a perfectly shaped wave. Is it too good to be true?
4. Cable bay
Discover the allure of Cable Bay. Playing in the sea, swimming, boogie boarding (complimentary boards at Golden Sand), surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling in the rock pools, rowing in the provided dinghy, and strolling along the beach and rocks are all options. Fishing off the beach or rocky boulders is popular, as is diving for kina and other fish near Cable Bay.
Cable bay is not the only white sandy haven, there are so many beautiful beaches to explore in Doubtless bay.
5. Duke’s Nose Track
This 45-minute one-way hike begins behind the Lane Cove Hut and leads to some breathtaking views of Whangaroa Harbor. Make your way to the Kairara Rocks, also known as the Duke's Nose. At the end of the route, there are some metal wires to assist you in climbing the Dukes Nose rocks.
6. Explore the Whangaroa Harbor
Take a Whangaroa Harbor cruise to see the fiord-like rocks and degraded volcanic landscape from the water. At the Whangaroa Marina, there are a handful of operators who can take you on guided tours to see lovely coves and beaches while also telling you about the fascinating geology of the area. Water taxi services are also available to take you to and from the treks described above.
7. Wairakau Stream/Lane Cove Track
The Wairakau Stream Track is another fantastic hiking trail in Whangaroa Harbour. With two stream crossings, perhaps muddy sections after rain, and steep terrain, this 2-hour one-way trip is plenty of excitement. The track comes to an end at Lane Cove and the Lane Cove Hut, where you can stay overnight.