Whangarei is the largest city in Northland with a population of around 50, 000 people. Situated on a harbour the town now mainly derives the majority of its income from the large port, oil refining and agriculture. Many attractive parks and gardens can be found throughout the city including Cafler Park. The town basin is on the quayside in the centre of town and hosts many shops and restaurants. Whangarei Falls are just 5 kilometres out of town and are well worth a visit. To the east of Whangarei are the Poor Knights Islands and it is from Tutukaka harbour that most dive trips depart. The Poor Knights Islands are a Marine Reserve and are rated as one of the top ten dive sites in the world.
Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a garden project created by community volunteers in the forested western hills of Whangarei City. What was once a dilapidated quarry site has now become a subtropical oasis for all to enjoy. Often referred to as the Winterless North, With an annual rainfall of 1500-2000 mm per year and New Zealand's highest average temperatures Northland has a truly subtropical climate. These climatic conditions, coupled with the sheltered and heat-radiating properties of a stone quarry, create an ideal microclimate for growing a plethora of native and exotic subtropical plants. Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a wonderful work in progress - historically fascinating, botanically captivating, and a beautiful reflection of the power of community.
Please note that a gold coin donation is required on entry.