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Whangarei Falls

Bring a picnic to this beautiful waterfall and spend some time relaxing over lunch after exploring the surrounding forest to spot indigenous flora and fauna.

Whangarei Falls is a picturesque waterfall with elevated platforms, scenic walking paths and picnic areas. The falls were traditionally a popular location for local Māori people to catch eels. Visit today to watch the power of the tumbling water and to find many indigenous plants, including kauri trees and nikau palms, as you explore the area.

For outstanding views of the waterfall and surrounding forest, stroll along the nature trail that leads from the car park. The Whangarei Falls Loop, a well-maintained walking track, circles the waterfall. Stop at its many platforms to bird-watch and take in the wonderful views of the falls. At 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) long, the Whangarei Falls Loop takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.

The platforms and grassy areas are great for nature watching. Look for bird species that reside in the forest, such as kukupas (native wood pigeons) and riroriros (grey warblers). Examine indigenous plants, including koukas (cabbage trees) and pongas (tree ferns), as you amble along the pretty nature path.

Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with spectacular views of the water cascading 26-metres (86-feet) down the basalt cliffs. The site has benches and well-kept lawns. Restroom facilities are also available near the car park in Whangarei Falls Reserve.

If you wish to venture away from the waterfall, take the Sands Road Loop. At 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) long, this walking track is more challenging than the Whangarei Falls Loop. The Sands Road Loop takes around 3 hours to complete and is recommended for walkers with moderate fitness levels.

Both scenic walkways begin at the free public car park located within the reserve. Find Whangarei Falls Reserve, just 6 kilometres (4 miles) from the centre of Whangarei. Wear suitable hiking footwear and pack supplies, so you can spend a day exploring Whangarei Falls and the surrounding forested areas.


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Discovery Settlers Hotel $62
Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
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Discovery Settlers Hotel

Discovery Settlers Hotel

61 Hatea Drive, Whangarei
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    enjoyed our night here, may be back again. many thanks

    Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre $79
    Reviewed on Jun 9, 2019
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    Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

    Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

    9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei
       
      3.6 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great stay, great service - would have been nice to have an electric blanket as the winter months are here now and the cold was felt! But other than that, staying at the Distinction is always a great stay for our family and we always enjoy it, big thank you to your lovely professional staff who were ...

      Kingswood Manor Motel $61
      Reviewed on May 3, 2019
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      Kingswood Manor Motel

      Kingswood Manor Motel

      260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
         
        4.2 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Spacious comfy rooms, on the edge of town, so it has a country feel. Definitely need a car so free parking also handy.

        Whangarei Falls Holiday Park $41
        Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019
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        Whangarei Falls Holiday Park

        Whangarei Falls Holiday Park

        12 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei, Northland
           
          3.8 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Very friendly and helpful staffDidn't likethe noisy neighbours

          Quest Whangarei $86
          Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019
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          Quest Whangarei

          Quest Whangarei

          58 Bank Street, Whangarei
             
            4.5 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Lovely friendly staff. So welcoming convenient to everything but looks like cleaner doesn’t do their job properly. No vacuum no mop

            Grand Hotel, Whangarei $51
            Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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            Grand Hotel, Whangarei

            Grand Hotel, Whangarei

            2 Bank Street, Northland, Whangarei
               
              3.3 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Walk distance to the city center. The location is very acceptable.

              Marina Court Motel $56
              Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019
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              Marina Court Motel

              Marina Court Motel

              56 Riverside Drive, Whangarei
                 
                3.9 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Went out of their way to accommodate a late arrival. The nearby road pretty noisy.

                Motel Six $56
                Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019
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                Motel Six

                Motel Six

                153 Bank Street, Whangarei
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I liked that the motel was very clean and tidy, however we were not able to access the wifi.