The breathtaking nature of Whangarei Heads, with its' spectacular coastal landscape and sub-tropical climate is undoubtedly a ‘hidden gem’ in 'Winterless' Northland, New Zealand- increasingly recognised as a special Tourist Destination

The peninsula nestles between sheltered bays of Whangarei Harbour on the South side and the white sands of the 5 km Ocean beach on its Northern Pacific coast.

Lying between stunning coastal fringes the diverse natural landscape of forest and shrubland rises to 20 million year old volcanic peaks dominated by towering Mt Manaia and the Bream Head ridge reaching over 400metres. This natural wonderland is recognised as being of national significance due to the richness of fish, forest and bird life,including one of only five Kiwi sanctuaries in New Zealand.

New Zealand's northernmost City, nearby Whangarei, is linked by the newly official Tourism Route: Whangarei Heads Tourist Drive. Take a look at the route which meanders along the coast, passing between the many bays and coves and of course the rugged landscape before culminating at Ocean Beach.

Whangarei Heads, Naturally Superb

An Ideal Base for Your Northland Holiday

Being only two hours drive from both Auckland (to the south). and one to two hours drive from the Bay of Islands, Waipoua Forest and other Northland attractions makes Whangarei Heads an obvious base for your stay in Northland,New Zealand. You can combine relaxation away from the main tourist routes with the option of visiting the best of the rest of Northland on day visits. The gallery section has a selection of pictures which capture the natural beauty of the area. Have a listen to local resident Laurence Berry and watch some video footage of the area by clicking on Whangarei Heads


A wide range of accommodation is available and all just 20min from Whangarei Airport .

Your choice of accommodation includes four star luxury, self-contained holiday homes, bed and breakfasts, and a holiday park. In short there is something for all visitors’ needs.

The airport is served by Air New Zealand routes to and from Auckland and Wellington and is therefore well linked with Domestic and International connections



With many activities available, Whangarei Heads is a natural base for your stay in Northland.We have put together a few examples of what you might choose to do, just click on Things To Do

Between day trips you can simply relax in the stunning surroundings or enjoy the many local attractions which include, fishing, kayaking, surfing, swimming and golf.

You may even try a Murder Mystery Weekend!

(Click on the bold type for more details) or  possibly a Choco Tour-a drive around the area culminating in a Chocolate Tasting...



The cafes and restaurants on Whangarei Heads make full use of the picturesque backdrop.

In addition, the city of Whangarei with its many bars and restaurants is only a 25 minute drive away.Transport/Tour providers are also available in the immediate area.

Real Estate,

Whangarei Heads

If you are searching for a new property on Whangarei Heads then why not contact Adrienne Battersby of LJ Hooker?With the benefit of living in the area,she is well placed to help you.For an idea of properties currently available, click on the link below.

LJ Hooker,Whangarei Heads



Perhaps the best way to discover Whangarei Heads is to come and 'Walk The Walks' There  are many wonderful coastal and forest walks, with spectacular views and great photo opportunities.

Sport Northland has produced a series of articles about the local walks.

Click and view from the list below.:

Busby Head/Smugglers Bay

Mount Manaia

Mount Aubrey

Peach Cove

Pataua Beach & Estuary


Business Services

There are plenty of thriving businesses on and around Whangarei Heads. Use this section to help find what you are looking for: Now included is a 'Business Listing': a  directory aimed at assisting the local community either in finding or advertising local businesses.

Local Restaurants and Cafes


Arts and Crafts on Whangarei Heads


Real Estate

Business Listings