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Guesthouse in Parua Bay
Stylish Parua Bay Stay
This fantastic central location puts you 5-10 minutes drive to several world class beaches, walks and the famous Mt Manaia. Plenty of cafes, restaurants too. The surrounding beaches offer great snorkelling and even fishing if your up for it. We have fishing rods available. The unit is situated on a lifestyle block where we house several animals including horses, goats, chickens, a cat and dog. The area is a renowned kiwi zone so hearing the kiwi call at night is quite a frequent occurrence.
$72 per night
Guesthouse in Whangarei Heads
Cozy, Couples Retreat with Harbourview
Tiny Private Suite Separate from main dwelling. Small, Compact 25m2 self contained unit complete with: - Harbour Views from Lounge/Kitchen - Laundry - Shower & toilet - Queen Bed Local attractions: - Ocean Beach (great surf) - Parua Bay Pub - Parua Bay Shopping centre; 4 Square, Hair Salon, Gym, Bakery, Cafe & Bar 8 Min drive. - Mcleods Bay beach ~100m walk - Takeaways 10 min walk/2 min drive - Must do Mt Manaia DOC track walk - Marine Reserve 4 min drive - Manaia Club 15min walk - Fishing
$73 per night
Guest suite in Whangārei Heads
Adorable 1 bedroom oasis with private spa & sauna
This beach haven is a light-filled, private paradise with views of majestic mount Manaia. Located in beautiful Taurikura bay in the Whangarei heads. This one bedroom apartment is the perfect spot for a getaway. You’ll enjoy the large, outdoor area and deck, complete with a warm outdoor shower, your very own private spa pool and sauna. Bikes & kayaks for you to explore the area. Located 5 min from the beach and world renowned hiking trails, beaches, fishing, surfing - the list goes on.
$118 per night

Stay near Whangārei Heads's top sights

Photo of Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach34 locals recommend
Photo of Mount Manaia Track
Mount Manaia Track16 locals recommend
Photo of The Deck Cafe
The Deck Cafe19 locals recommend
Photo of Bream Head Coast Walks
Bream Head Coast Walks4 locals recommend
Photo of Smuggler's Bay
Smuggler's Bay18 locals recommend
Photo of Mt Manaia Lookout
Mt Manaia Lookout13 locals recommend

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$65 per night
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The Quarters
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Shores - Manaia Self catering apartment.
$126 per night
Cottage in Whangārei Heads
Cosy cottage by the seaside
$95 per night
Guesthouse in Parua Bay
Baywatch Studio - incredible views
$147 per night
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Waterfront Studio Apartment One Tree Point
$65 per night
Private room in Whangarei Heads
$58 per night
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Taurikura Peninsula Seaview 2 bedroom apartment
$117 per night
Home in Whangarei Heads
Whangarei Heads Seaclusion
$174 per night
Guest suite in Whangarei Heads
BesideTheSea, waterfront, self contained
$126 per night

Your guide to Whangārei Heads

All About Whangārei Heads

Situated on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Whangārei Heads is a 23-square-mile peninsula where lush forests and 1,300-foot mountains roll down to powder-soft white beaches on one side of the headland, with pretty harbor bays on the other. The subtropical wilderness has become a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Ocean Beach is a 3.1-mile stretch of sand on the Pacific side, opening out onto clear waters. On the shore, you can spend sunny days sunbathing, climbing around the rock pools, even horseback riding. Surfers try their luck with the waves, while others navigate around the shores on kayaks and paddleboards. Those who venture inland can discover some of the most acclaimed walking routes on the North Island. The peninsula is even home to one of only five kiwi sanctuaries in New Zealand.

Many artists have also made the Whangārei Heads their nesting grounds, and their creativity comes alive in the streets, gardens, and local galleries and craft shops. The waterfront is also home to pubs and restaurants offering a broad diversity of cuisines, heavy on local seafood.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whangārei Heads?

Thanks to its subtropical climate, Whangārei Heads is great to visit in any season. It never gets cold enough to snow during the winter months of June through August — in fact, you’ll likely only need a lighter jacket at night — and the heat in the summer months of December to February rarely feels sweltering. (The occasional cyclone does blow through then, however.) During the autumn, around Easter time, the Whangārei Heads Arts Trail celebrates local creative talents at a variety of venues.

What are the top things to do in Whangārei Heads?

Busby Head Track

This 1.9-mile walking route starts from Urquhart Bay and loops around the coastline, with spectacular seaside views. The route is fairly easy and accessible, taking you through a forest track to the Smugglers Bay. You can even pack a picnic and your swimsuit so you can enjoy lunch and a dip there before your return.

Hen and Chicken Islands

Seven and a half miles east from the headland, this small archipelago of nine islands, known as Taranga and the Marotere in Māori, is home to nature reserves and rare native flora and fauna. You can take a boat ride to survey the islands without compromising the sanctity of the local wildlife, which include Pycroft’s petrels, geckos, kiore, and saddleback tortoises.

Mount Manaia

The climb up to the 1350-foot-high summit Mount Manaia may be steep, but the 2.5-mile trail is short and well marked, and you’ll forgive the route every drop of sweat you’ve shed when you reach the mountaintop. From there, the entire western coast of the peninsula is at your feet, and the views stretch as far as Parua Bay to the west and the Hen and Chicken Islands to the east. Along your hike, which takes only two hours there and back, you’ll pass New Zealand’s distinctive nīkau palms, kauri trees, and pōhutukawa covered in red blooms.