Whangaroa Harbour entrance
Whangaroa is characterised by unique landforms and outstanding scenery. The harbour features spectacular rocky bluffs and prominent ridge systems of eroded volcanoes clad in some of the last diverse coastal conifer/broadleaf/kauri forest in New Zealand.
The area is home to several threatened plants, and you can find banded rail and fernbird in the mangroves and tidal rivers.
Typical of rich coastal areas, a wide variety of defended and undefended pa, archaic middens, terraces, gardening systems, urupa, wahi tapu and other archaeological features are present.
Whangaroa features rocky headlands and ridge systems clad in native coastal forests. A number of small, but important wetlands and tidal rivers are also found here.
A stunning area to explore by boat, there are also a number of walks and tramps available. Visit some of the area’s archaeological sites and the memorial for the Rainbow Warrior at Matauri Bay.
Lane Cove Cottage is a 16-bunk hut at Pekapeka Bay in Whangaroa Harbour. The 12-bunk Motukawanui Hut on Motuakwanui Island is accessible by boat or kayak.
Dogs, fires and camping are not permitted in the reserves. View a map of Whangaroa.
This video from the TVNZ programme 'North' takes you to Whangaroa Harbour.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Whangaroa.
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