One of the most popular activities in Whangarei is diving on the nearby reefs, in particular, those around the Poor Knights Islands. The islands and waters around them are a marine sanctuary, with amazing reefs full of colourful corals and fish. A short drive north of the Whangarei you can visit the world-famous Bay of Islands, a stretch of water dotted with spectacular islands and beaches, and a popular playground for pods of dolphins. Boat trips to the islands are also popular, as is kayaking and parasailing.
Back on dry land, the area has vast expanses of forests, hills and mountains ready for you to explore. Drive your rental car out to any of the many reserves and parks in the area, and enjoy the undisturbed local nature. Highly recommended are Whangarei Falls, which are regarded as amongst the most picturesque waterfalls in the world, Bream Head Scenic Reserve, and Mount Manaia, from the top of which there are magnificent panoramic coastal views.
If you don't have an Australian or New Zealand licence, an International Driving Permit is mandatory. You must have held your licence for a minimum of 1 year.
Whangarei has clearways, which are designed for a smooth flow of traffic. Clearway locations are Selwyn Drive, Walton Street, Bank Street and Rust Avenue. Restrictions vary per locations so read the signs for exact details. The city has 2 hours, 3 hours and unlimited zones. Parking fees vary from $0.30 NZD to $2.50 NZD per hour. Whangarei city council uses pay-and-display machines so both cash and credit cards are accepted. Find free 3 hours limit parking at Town Basin.
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