Things To Do: Whangarei Heads



There are plenty of options available to you whether you are staying at Whangarei Heads,in nearby Whangarei or simply touring Northland. The following list is  just an indication of what you might choose to do  almost without leaving the peninsula! In some cases you may need to either bring your own, or hire equipment , but the opportunity is certainly here! The cost varies-many options are free, others  have a significant price-the choice is yours!

The sea and the beaches around Whangarei Heads offer wonderful opportunities to:



Surf-at Ocean Beach or Pataua
Kayak:Your accommodation may provide kayaks, or contact Pacific Coast Kayaks

Hire a boat: from The Deck (434 0866) or
Go out on a Fishing trip. Charters are available locally
Fish on land: wharf, jetty,(McLeod Bay, Urquharts Bay) or the rocks ( Fishermans Point )
Dive: Contact Ocean Diversity (09 434 0779)
Jet ski
Collect seafood

For sporting enthusiasts:

Ocean Beach,ideal for surfers (above)


Play tennis at Taurikura or at Tamaterau. Details are available at the courts.
Play golf at The Pines Golf Club (Tel: 09 436 2246)
Play squash at Manaia Squash Club
Play bowls: Parua Bay Bowls Club (Tel 09 434 0199)
Play indoor bowls :  Taurikura Hall (Thursdays Tel 434 0738) or

                                McLeod Bay Hall (Tuesdays Tel 434 0588)
Go for a run: The Heads is a great place for anyone training for running events!

'Walk The Walks’:Trampers and Hikers have plenty of options,in fact you are spoilt for choice:

The Pines Golf Club:beautiful view from the 10th tee! (above)


Walk to Smugglers Cove-take the easy short route if you like!
Walk around Busby Head

Walk the Reotahi Coast Walk
Walk the Pataua Estuary Trail
Walk the Taiharuru Estuary
Walk from Kauri Mountain to Ocean Beach
Tramp up Mt Manaia
Tramp up Mt Aubrey
Tramp up and over Kauri Mountain
Tramp to Peach Cove,
Tramp the Te Whara Ridge Track

Visit Motukiore Island from Parua Bay. Car park to the East of The Pines Golf Course. Walk at low tide.

For more information, see the 'Walks and Other Activities' page on Whangarei Heads Tourism website

Other possible Visits of interest include:

The foot of the Mount Manaia Track (above)

Visit/snorkel the Marine reserve at Reotahi
Visit/walk to the WW2 Radar station/lighthouse at Ocean Beach
Visit/walk to the WW2 gun emplacement from Urquharts Bay
Visit the Scottish Settlers Memorial (between McLeod Bay and Taurikura)
Visit the Pioneer Cemetery, North end of McLeod Bay.(Tel 434 0892 to arrange a visit)
Visit the Oil Refinery Lookout at Reotahi
Visit Maxis Olives (tour) at Pataua. (Tel 436 2365 or 027 408 3944 for booking)

Attend a Farmhouse Cheesemaking Day, Details at

'Chocolate Lover'? Try a 'Whangarei Heads ‘Choco Tour' (Tel 09 434 0801)

You can view the local art scene at a number of places such as:
Andreis gallery, 1292 Whangarei Heads Road, Parua Bay (Tel 021 141 0990)
Douglas Chowns Art Gallery 2432 Whangarei Heads Road (Tel 434 0819)
A Glassblower in action: Visit Culina Glass 167 Te Rongo Road (Tel 436 1014)

Early Settlers Memorial and its' view (above)
Visit The Local Community Library:  

Visit/walk to the Whangarei Heads Community Library, in the Whangarei Heads School grounds.. Follow the library signs down the school drive to see this beautiful old solid kauri building. The library is open for all during school hours, and from 10:00am – 12:00 on Saturdays and during school holidays.

Holiday makers renting baches or camping in the area are welcome to become members of the library and borrow books; membership is free and they do not charge fines when overdue books are returned late.


After all of that, you will probably need some refreshment! How about:

Fish and Chips, an ice cream or just enjoy a good coffee at The Deck Cafe, McLeod Bay

(Tel 434 0866) Try theirSunday Roast during the Winter months!
Visiting the Historic Parua Bay Tavern for a drink and/or a meal (Tel 436 5856)

Just a short journey away at nearby Onerahi you can:

Go Sky diving: see
Boat Trip to Limestone Island MV Waipapa from Whangarei Town Basin (Tel 436 4667)
Eat at Topsail Restaurant: award winning waterside restaurant (Tel 436 2985)

All of this is available on, or very close to Whangarei Heads.

Then when you have exhausted  the above list,there are more options within easy reach,

Such as:


Nearby Whangarei
The Bay of Islands, with all of its’ attractions, just 90 minutes away by road.


Stop and enjoy the view and an iced coffee (or more!) at The Deck, McLeod Bay (above)