"A singular and beautifully romantic place"
Capt R. A. Cruise, HMS Dromedary, 1820
Whangaroa is a true Nothland treasure, it is a paradise of unspoilt natural beauty so whether you are trying your luck out game fishing, heading to the pink sands of Wainui Bay or the soft golden sand of Tauranga Bay or taking a walk in the lush Puketi Forest, we are sure your stay in the area will be memorable.
The Pacific Harbour Lodge is the ideal base for exploring the North – we are 30 minutes drive from Kerikeri, 45 mins drive to Paihia and a day trip to Cape Reinga is a must for all those visiting Northland.
Whangaroa Harbour and the Pacific Harbour Lodge is the right choice for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of tourist towns – it is peaceful and the scenery is truly not to be missed.
Should you need help arranging charter boats, transport to and from Kerikeri airport, local bookings etc please do not hesitate to ask us for assistance.
Take a 30 minute drive and enjoy some of the finest fish and chips in New Zealand here at this quaint Northland town. Walk your meal off by exploring the arts and crafts shops.
Tauranga Bay / Te Ngaere Bay / Mahinepua / Wainui Bay
Not to be missed. Visit these beautiful New Zealand beaches which are right on our doorstep (Tauranga Bay 10 mins drive).
Without question one of New Zealand’s finest beaches with crystal clear water and white sand beach. From here you can dive the Cavalli Islands (see below).
Only 30 minutes away is the local township of Kerikeri. You will find an abundance of fruit in this town as it has many orchards and hosts a farmers market every weekend. Many arts and crafts places, historic sites such as The Stone Store and Kemp House and the stunning Rainbow Falls. Kerikeri also has the nearest airport.
Puketi & Omahuta Forest
One of New Zealands most diverse forests containing over 360 species of plants. Kiwi, Kokako, bats, gecko, Kauri snails and native fish can all be found here. Fantastic facilities with 12 different tracks with varying degrees of length and difficulty including a track suitable for wheelchair users
Bay of Islands
A 45 minute drive will take you into the busy tourist hot spot of Paihia where you can undertake almost any water sport activity. Take the ferry across to historic Russell, enjoy the many restaurant’s and water front café’s and explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Coopers Beach, Taipa Beach – all are classic kiwi white sand beaches with excellent swimming. Here you will find plenty of restaurants, café’s and shops to keep you busy.
90 Mile Beach
Take a day trip up to Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach. Take your 4 wheel drive on the beach road (check your insurance first), boogie board the sand dunes and witness the crashing of the Tasman Sea as it hits the Pacific Ocean.
Dive the Greenpeace flagship “Rainbow Warrior” – an amazing dive spot with much on offer.
Lane Cove Walk
An extremely popular walk along the Wairakau Stream track to Lane Cove from Totara North taking approximately 2 hours. Walk amongst the lush native bush, take a picnic and either walk the return or we can arrange for you to be collected by water taxi and returned to the marina in Whangaroa Harbour.
St. Paul’s Rock
A must for all able bodied visitors to Whangaroa Harbour. Climb to the top of St. Paul's Rock, take a picnic and enjoy the 360 degree views of Northland.
To the east of Tauranga Bay are the Arrow Rocks.
The Arrow Rocks (or Oruatemanu) are the oldest known rocks in the North Island and are of special interest to geologists for their unique Triassic and Permian era fossilized plankton deposits dating from between 270 and 245 million years ago.
Whangaroa Harbour is famous for the ‘Boyd’ incident which occurred in December 1809 – the last recorded large scale cannibalistic event in New Zealand. The museum in Kaeo provides plenty of information on this event and is well worth researching.
Local Golf courses
Peppers Carington Resort