Whangaroa Harbour, New Zealand

Whangaroa Harbour is an inlet on the northern coast of Northland, New Zealand. Whangaroa Bay and the Pacific Ocean are to the north. The small settlements of Totara North and Saies are on the west side of the harbour, Waitaruke on the south side, and Whangaroa on the east. There are extensive mangrove swamps at the head of the harbour, and some of the oldest fossils in the North Island, dating to the early Permian about 270 million years ago, are found in the Whangaroa area.

Whangaroa Harbour provides visitors with many holiday activities: camping, horse trekking, swimming, fishing, diving, chartered boat trips and tours to the nearby Cavalli Islands. The Whangaroa township has earned a reputation as New Zealand's 'Marlin Capital' and a top destination for big game fishers. Many sport and big game fishing charters are on offer in the area, giving novices and experienced fishers the chance to try their luck at catching Marlin, Shark and Tuna.

Things to See and Do

* Boat tour of Whangaroa Harbour
* Matauri bay, Tauranga Bay and Taupo bays
* Bushwalking
* Kayaking
* Game fishing

General information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency - New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Language – English, Maori
Population – 2,700 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style, two parallel flat pins Japanese style
Time - GMT plus 12 hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 64

Port Location – There is a marina located at Whangaroa township.

Transport Links – Whangaroa Harbour can be accessed by bus and boat from Auckland. Coach services in Northland and the Bay of Islands include Great Sights, Intercity Coachlines, Magic Travellers Network, Northliner Express and Kaipara Tours.

Auckland International Airport is the main international hub when travelling to Northland and the Bay of Islands. Air NewZealand operates daily domestic scheduled flights to Whangarei, Kaitaia and Kerikeri Airports.

Charter flights are operated by Salt Air Bay of Islands, Air National, Skywork Helicopters, Mountain Air and Skylink Air Charters.

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