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Whangarei Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Whangarei Car Rental & Nearby Locations
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Whangarei, New Zealand’s northernmost city, is known for its laidback vibes, vibrant arts scene, Maori culture, and stunning natural surroundings. The city makes a great base for exploring Northland and the Bay of Islands, or you can just relax on the Quayside with its pleasant bars and restaurants.
Outside the city itself, travelling by car is the easiest way to get around. Avis has a car rental office located conveniently at Whangarei Airport, so you can pick up your keys and drive into town or your next destination as soon as your plane lands.
Luxury Accommodation in Whangarei
Whether you’re visiting Whangarei for business or pleasure, there’s a good selection of hotels in the city. Much of Whangarei’s luxury accommodation comes in the form of boutique lodges in the countryside, and overlooking the coast.
Ara Roa Villa and Boutique Lodgings is located on Whangarei Heads, a 30-minute drive from the city with stunning coastal views. The luxury waterfront accommodation offer panoramic views over the cliffs, and have a true “wow” factor with contemporary architecture that combines glass, steel, and wood. Each villa is placed in its own grounds for privacy and seclusion, but with all the services of a 5-star hotel.
Lupton Lodge, just a 10-minute drive from the city, offers the choice of individual deluxe rooms and apartments, or a 4-bedroom holiday house. Some rooms have a kitchenette, and the room rate includes a-la-carte breakfast. The property is also surrounded by beautiful gardens and private orchards, and has an outdoor pool with sun loungers.
For 5-star accommodation in the city itself, checkout Lodge Bordeaux, located just a couple of km from the city centre with its attractions, shops, and restaurants. The lodge offers elegant accommodation suites, each of which has its own kitchen and double spa bath.
Parkhill Fine Accommodation is another popular option in the city centre. This modern 4-star boutique bed & breakfast has views of the Hatea River, and is in an ideal location for business travellers.
Things to Do in Whangarei
Whangarei Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Whangarei area. There’s a beautiful walk down to this waterfall, and it makes a lovely picnic spot.
Whangarei Quarry Gardens is another tranquil nature spot within easy access of the city centre. The subtropical gardens were created by volunteers and include forest walks, streams, waterfalls, sculptures, and a camellia grove. There’s also a nice café where you can enjoy morning tea or lunch. Entry is by gold coin donation.
Whangarei Town Basin is pleasant to explore with its numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes, and the Hatea Loop Walkway is a picturesque riverside stroll that starts from the Town Basin marina and continues along an art trail featuring marine-themed sculptures.
The city is also home to a thriving community of artists and creative, and it’s well worth taking the time to explore some of Whangarei’s art galleries and craft shops.
The Whangarei area also boasts some stunning beaches where you can swim, surf, or just enjoy a leisurely coastal walk. Matapouri Bay, a 40-minute drive northeast of the city has the white sands and turquoise waters of holiday brochures. If you want to feel like you’re on your own desert island, head to one of Whangarei’s best-kept secrets: Smugglers Cove on the north side of Whangarei Harbour.
If you’re interested in the wildlife and history of Northland, make sure you take the time to visit Kiwi North Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park. The onsite museum, housed in historical buildings, features collections of early Maori artefacts, and photographs showing life in the area in the early 1900s. There’s also the opportunity to see Kiwis (the species of bird, this time) in their native habitat.
The Northland area and Whangarei city both feature a sub-tropical climate, with the warmest summers in New Zealand. Average daytime temperatures from December to February range 22°C to 30°C, dropping to a mild 12°C to 17°C in the winter months.
There are approximately 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, making it easy to enjoy Whangarei’s great outdoors. However, rain is also common and cyclones can make landfall, especially in the summer months, so it makes sense to pack for all weathers.
Fuel Locations in Whangarei
The city of Whangarei has plenty of service stations including several branches of Z, BP, Mobil, and Caltex throughout the area.
If you’re returning your rental vehicle to Avis at our Whangarei Airport location, you can fill up at BP on Riverside Drive in Parahaki, or one of the service stations on Kioreroa Road if you’re coming from Port Whangarei.
Distances to Whangarei Attractions
The following are driving distances from Whangarei Airport:
- Whangarei Town Basin 8km
- Whangarei Quarry Gardens 11.5km
- Whangarei Falls 17km
- Kiwi North 14km
- Adventure Forest 17km
- Matapouri Bay 45km
- Bay of Islands 82km
What is Whangarei known for?
Whangarei is known for being New Zealand’s northernmost city and as the gateway to the Northland region – sometimes known as “the winterless North” due to its sub-tropical climate. It’s also described as “the city with 100 beaches” thanks to its meandering coastline.
What is there to do in Whangarei for kids?
Whangarei is a great holiday destination for families, and there’s plenty to do here for kids of all ages. Try a visit to Adventure Forest – an adventure park with a series of ropes courses that are a fun challenge for the whole family. Or head to one of the city’s pristine white sand beaches for swimming and exploring. Mair Park, close to the city centre, has walking trails, a picnic and BBQ area, and a children’s playground.