Getting Here

Location of Whangarei Heads

Whangarei Heads is approximately 30 km south-east of Whangarei, the largest city in Northland, New Zealand. We are three hours north of Auckland, two hours south of the Bay of Islands, thirty five minutes from Whangarei airport.

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and its airport is the gateway for international travel to NZ. There are frequent trans-Tasman flights to major Australian cities and a wide range of long haul routes via Asia and the Americas.

Travel Options from Auckland to Whangarei

Travelers arriving at Auckland Airport have the choice of flying to Whangarei Airport or finishing the journey by car or on public transport.

The motorway known as State Highway 1 is well signposted for Whangarei (largest town in the Northland region) as it leaves downtown Auckland and crosses the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

The motorway ends around 25km north of Auckland but State Highway 1 continues all the way to Whangarei. The drive is a pleasant two and a half hours with frequent views of the coast and opportunities to break the journey (e.g. at the Waiwera Thermal Baths or at Warkworth).

All buses serving the tourist destinations in the Bay of Islands or further north stop at Whangarei.


Directions from Whangarei to Bream Head Coast Walks

Drivers entering Whangarei (from north or south) should follow the signs to the Town Basin or Whangarei Heads. If arriving from the south follow the signs to our new harbour bridge, this bypasses the city centre and Town Basin. From the new bridge or the Town Basin follow the signs to Onerahi.

Just after the Onerahi New World supermarket turn left at the roundabout into Whangarei Heads Road (Hammer Hardware is on the corner).  Follow this road around the harbour to Parua Bay (about 20km). Go past the pub and up the hill, then just after the shopping centre, garage and school turn right to Whangarei Heads. Follow this road through McLeod Bay, over the hill past the Deck store, and Mt Manaia and down the hill into Taurikura.

Just past the tennis court turn left into Ody Road. We are 3.95 km along this road, look for the sign on your left. This trip should take about 30 minutes from Onerahi.

Waipu Caves

From the caves, a 2-km walk leads you through a picturesque karst limestone landscape across farmland and regenerating bush to a point where you can take in the magnificent views. Within the entrance to the caves themselves, you will find stalactites, stalagmites and glow worms.

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Waipu Museum

Waipu Museum documents the migration of 1,000 Highlanders from Scotland to Nova Scotia Canada, then to Australia and New Zealand via South Africa over a 30 year period. Its collections listed with UNESCO are interpreted in an award winning exhibition, a must see for history buffs. The Battle of Culloden and the Industrial Revolution contributed to the Scottish diaspora.

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