Start your Northland adventure with us

A good base to explore the beautiful and scenic Whangarei Heads and Harbour area.


Make day trips to the Bay of Islands, the West Coast and Matakohe Kauri Museum and Waipoua Forest all within 90 minutes drive…


  • 2-3 hours drive North of Auckland International Airport

  • 1 .5 hour drive to the Bay of Islands

  • 14km east of Whangarei City

  • 10 minute drive from Onerahi Airport


Where Giants Gather   

Journey through a grand landscape where giants surround you. Giants of geology, nature and history are gathered here, like the majestic creatures that inspired Ngati Wai to name this place Whangarei-tererenga- paraoa (the gathering place of whales).


Take the meandering road from Northland’s largest city, all the way to the coast and the boundless Pacific Ocean beyond. Follow the great mass of water that ebbs and flows through the towering Whangarei Heads. Walk in the footsteps of those who carved history out of this colossal landscape, and create lasting memories of your own as you journey Where Giants Gather.


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Beautiful Beaches 20 minutes away

  • Ocean Beach and Kauri Mountain offer good surfing

  • Pataua South has an ocean beach and a sheltered river estuary

  • Taiharuru McGregors Bay is a natural ocean beach cove


Walks suitable for all levels of fitness

  • Climb Mount Manaia. A one hour climb through beautiful native bush. Fairly steep but well worth spectacular views over the whole of Whangarei Harbour and beyond. This track has just been completely renewed.

  • Stroll for 20 minutes from Reotahi along the shoreline to the ruins of the 1911 freezing works near the harbour entrance

  • Walk from Urquarhts Bay over to Smugglers Cove with white sand and delicious swimming

  • Splendid level Loop Walk 4.2 kms around Whangarei river basin over unique Bascule Bridge


Activities, things to do

  • Whangarei City and Quayside Town Basin. Restaurants, cafes and shopping, Art Gallery and Crafts. Claphams Clock Museum the largest collection of clocks in the Southern Hemisphere. Glass Studio and Gallery. Visit the new hub and Art Gallery.

  • Farmers market every Saturday morning for great bargains

  • Whangarei Museum and Kiwi house. Clarke Homestead

  • Tavern, Restaurants and Cafe’s. 5 minutes drive

  • Art and Craft galleries in Whangarei Heads.

  • The Pines Golf course, 3 minutes drive. Three more golf courses within 30 mins drive, Sherwood Park, Northland Golf Club and Mt.Denby..

  • Visit Whangarei Falls and walk. –  AH Reed memorial Kauri  Park, half hour walk with high boardwalk through bush and Kauri trees. Hatea river walk.


Day trips:

To West Coast – Dargaville and the Kaipara  – an area full of history of the early pioneers and settlers.

Dargaville Nautical Museum. Well worth a visit. The Rainbow Warrior masts are here.

Matakohe Kauri Museum – something for all the family – with the total history of the Kauri tree and the pioneers who  harvested it.

Waipoua Forest, Trounson Park. The BIG Kauri tree – Tane Mahuta

Bay of Islands – visit the Waitangi Treaty house and grounds – Boat trips to see the  Bay of Islands, out to the hole in the rock and  swim with dolphins.


surfing at nearby Pataua Beachbascule bridge "Te Matau a Pohe" – translated as 'The fishhook of Pohe'Whangarei Town Basin Pataua Foot Bridgealternate view of Mount Manaiaboats docked at the Town BasinTamaterau beach at high tide


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Your hosts are Ian and Jane Kippenberger.
We look forward to hosting you in our home.