Journey through a grand landscape where giants surround you. Giants of geology, nature and history are gathered here, like the majestic creatures that inspired Ngati Wai to name this place Whangarei-tererenga- paraoa (the gathering place of whales).
Take the meandering road from Northland’s largest city, all the way to the coast and the boundless Pacific Ocean beyond. Follow the great mass of water that ebbs and flows through the towering Whangarei Heads. Walk in the footsteps of those who carved history out of this colossal landscape, and create lasting memories of your own as you journey Where Giants Gather.
From a short stroll around one of Whangarei’s many walking trails, to a herculean ascent of the magnificent Mount Manaia, you’ll be surrounded by choices for wonderful walks.
Join the locals and enjoy a refreshing swim at one of the many sheltered and ocean beaches along the Whangarei Heads coastline. Or take a giant leap from the bridge at Pataua – if you dare!
It’s easy to imagine how early explorers and settlers must have felt when you see the towering peaks of Whangarei Heads looming large over the glistening harbour. Climb to the top and stand on the shoulders of giants – you’ll be rewarded with unrivalled views of a giant of modern times – the refinery and port below.
Stop for an ice cream or classic fish and chips from one of the many inviting cafes or the tavern along the way. Or wet a line and try to catch a monster of your own – there are plenty of wharves where locals and visitors alike gather to go fishing.