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Whangārei City

Whangārei city is subtropical Northland’s only city and nowhere in the district is more than 40 kilometres from the spectacular coastline.

Enjoy the compact, attractive city and the picturesque waterside Town Basin precinct packed full of superb experiences; art galleries, cafés and restaurants, shopping, playgrounds, markets and museums along with frequent events and entertainment. Don’t miss the fantastically unique Hundertwasser Art Centre.

Explore the beaches and coastline of the beautiful Tutukākā Coast, Whangārei Heads Peninsula, Bream Bay, Ruakākā and Waipu; surf, swim, dive, snorkel, fish, kayak, paddleboard or just dig your toes into the sand and relax. Offshore lie the Poor Knights Islands, where the pristine waters of this marine reserve provide world class diving and water-based activities.

Take some time out to enjoy kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, learning to surf, treetop ziplines, paintball games, monster scooters, mountain biking, horse trekking and an adventure waterpark with an inflatable obstacle course. Visit Northland’s only nocturnal kiwi house to see the antics of New Zealand’s national bird.

Discover a great network of cycling, mountain biking and coastal, rural and forest walking tracks, some with beautiful waterfalls. Enjoy superb saltwater fishing or choose from nine golf courses in stunning rural or seaside locations.

Enjoy the sculpture, art and mural trails, galleries and exhibitions showcasing unique works of art and craft by local and international artists.

Discover more at WhangareiNZ.com


Rally Headquarters, Service Park & Finish

Rally Headquarters and the Service Park will be based at Pohe Island Carpark, Pohe Island, Whangārei.  The Rally Finish will take place on Sunday 15 May in the Service Park. Whangārei has a thriving arts scene and there are a number or exceptional galleries in the district.

Rally of Whangarei


The FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) is one of the premier regional championships in world rallying and is contested by teams from New Zealand, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Malaysia, India, and New Caledonia. In 2024 we are excited to host the FINAL round, where this years champion will be crowned.