The Guide to Romantic Trips to Whangarei
Unique, warm and a little off the beaten track, Whangarei is the ideal destination for couples celebrating something special. Whether it’s part of your honeymoon road trip around New Zealand, an anniversary or simply a romantic getaway, there’s plenty in Whangarei to suit all types of couples.
Try learning a new skill like surfing on the stunning Tutukaka Coast, tackle a multi-day walk on a private walkway through the Whangarei Heads or relax in The Town Basin with its array of cafes and art galleries. We’ll guide you through it all, including places to stay, in this honeymoon guide to Whangarei.
Romantic Things to Do in Whangarei for Couples
- Embark on an uncrowded multi-day walk at the Bream Bay Coast Walks
- Learn how to surf together in Tutukaka
- Buddy up in a scuba diving trip to the Poor Knights Islands
- Check out the art and cafe scene of The Town Basin
- Surround yourselves in beauty at the Quarry Gardens
- Check out the fernery of Botanica
- Watch the sunset from Ruakaka Beach
- Explore Whangarei Heads on horseback
- Treat your loved one to dinner at a romantic restaurant
- Test your teamwork in a double-kayak kayaking tour.
For more details on each experience, check out the 10 Romantic Activities in Whangarei for Couples.
Romantic Adventure Experiences
From learning how to harness the elements together, through scuba diving or surfing, to embarking on a stunning adventure through the Whangarei Heads landscape, there are plenty of ways to adventure in and around Whangarei together.
While there are many fantastic walks in Whangarei to enjoy, it hardly gets more romantic than the Bream Heads Coast Walks. Experience a three-day walking experience on private farmland featuring stunning ocean vistas, harbour beaches and more, on an uncrowded private trail. The private self-guided walk also includes accommodation and meals.
An alternative to walking and another romantic option for honeymooners is horse trekking on the beach. Tours such as Tuidale Stables, Sandy Bay Horse Trekking and Coastal Riding Whangarei Heads offer a range of trips for experienced to first-time riders.
There’s plenty of action in and on the water too, especially with a top dive site, Poor Knights Islands, just off the coast of Tutukaka, approximately 28km (18 miles) from Whangarei city centre. Strengthen the bond by learning a new skill together through a dive course or enjoy a one-off dive with Dive! Tutukaka or Yukon Dive. Dives and cruises to the Poor Knights Islands can also be organised from Auckland with Cheeky Kiwi Tours, which you can learn more about on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Speaking of learning something new, how about learning to surf at Whangarei’s surrounding beaches? NZ Surf Academy offers surf lessons at Sandy Bay, Wooleys and Matapouri beaches on the Tutukaka Coast, while Tutukaka Surf Northland NZ is another great surf school at Sandy Bay.
For more details and options for adventure activities for couples, take a look at the 10 Romantic Activities in Whangarei for Couples.
Art and Cultural Experiences for Couples
It’s not all about the adventure in Whangarei, as couples can also enjoy some glorious downtime in the city thanks to the array of art galleries, museums and gardens.
A great place to start is at The Town Basin, an attractive bustling part of Whangarei city centre by a marina ebbed in history. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to indulge at, while the arts and crafts scene is sure to inspire. Head to the Steve Haywood Master Jeweller (10 Quayside Way) to handcrafted jewellery in the making or watch the art of glassblowing at the Burning Issues Gallery (8 Quayside).
You have two outstanding options for a pleasant stroll through beautiful gardens. The Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a local favourite, harbouring subtropical plants to turn an old quarry into a place thriving with life and colour. An on-site art gallery and cafe are also on-site. Alternatively, although quieter, Botanica gardens on First Avenue is well worth a quick visit with its selection of native ferns, eel pond and other fabulous themed gardens.
Get more inspiration for things to do in the 10 Romantic Activities in Whangarei for Couples.
Romantic Restaurants in Whangarei
Treat your loved one to a romantic night out at one of Whangarei’s fabulous restaurants. A top choice is the fine dining establishment TopSail (206 Beach Road, Onerahi) specialising in contemporary New Zealand cuisine.
Closer to the city centre, Tonic (239 Kamo Road) is worth booking a table for an alternative choice for New Zealand-style food.
If you fancy travelling the world with your tastebuds, then check out Suk Jai Thai Restaurant (93 Kamo Road) or Indian Aroma Restaurant (23-25 Vine Street), which are good dine-in options.
More About Whangarei
That’s it for our honeymoon guide to Whangarei. You can find even more honeymoon tips in The Honeymoon Guide to New Zealand.