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Whangarei Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Whangarei Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Car Hire Whangarei
Welcome to the freedom of your own wheels. Budget Car & Truck Rental at the Wangarei Airport is here to make your stay in Whangarei fun, easy and enjoyable. Whether you're on vacation with the family or stopping by on business, Budget will help you find a vehicle that meets your needs at a fair price.
We are conveniently located inside Whangarei Airport at 110 Handforth St, Whangarei 0110. To reach the Budget Rental help desk at Whangarei Airport, call us on +64 9-438 7292.
Family Accommodation in Whangarei
Travelling with the family is a fun adventure, but it can also be tiring. Whether you prefer to book a hotel in advance or make reservations at the counter, Whangarei has plenty of family-friendly accommodations. Take the Waimoana Garden Bed and Breakfast, where modern efficiencies meet rustic charm. Enjoy air conditioning, free wi-fi, flat-screen televisions and delightful, well-cared for gardens. Qwest Whangarei offers mini apartments with their own kitchenettes, while local favourites such as the Avenue Heights Motel and the Cheviot Park Motor Lounge offer outdoor swimming pools and BBQ pits that make it easy to share meals and quality time with the family.
Fun Things to do in Whangarei
Whangarei is full of wonderful shops, restaurants, museums, parks and more. Flying with kids can be challenging-let them burn off some energy before or after a flight at one of the delightful parks surrounding Whangarei. Museums and monuments are another great activity to share with the family. For hands-on fun, arts and history, our top museum picks for families include:
- Clapham's Clock Museum - discover the history of time!
- Packhard Motor Museum - learn about the industrial revolution through classic vehicles
- The Quarry Arts Centre
For an outdoor adventure or a mini day trip with the family, be sure to visit Whangarei Falls, a scenic nature preserve with a waterfall that drops 26 metres dramatically over basalt cliffs. Whangarei Falls has hiking trails of 3 different grades. Stop by for a picnic and photo-op, or spend the whole afternoon exploring trails.
For more tips on how to make the most of your stay, stop by the Whangarei i-SITE Visitor Information Centre or give them a call on +64 9-438 1079.
Weather in Whangarei
During the months of January, February, March, April, November and December you are most likely to experience good weather with comfortable average temps that fall between 20 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius. On average, the warmest month is January. On average, the coolest month is July. July is also the wettest month, so if you're not a fan of rain we recommend avoiding July. On the other hand, November is the driest month overall.
Distance to Whangarei Attractions
The Whangarei Airport is a short drive away from lots of local attractions, including:
- Mair Park: 9 km
- Adventure Forest: 17 km
- Clapham's Clock Museum: 8 km
- Whangarei Falls: 13 km
- Botanica Whangarei Farnery and Conservatory: 9 km
- Whangarei Art Museum: 8 km
What is Whangarei known for?
Whangarei is New Zealand's most northern city and is the entry point to the Bay of Islands. This is a subtropical region famed for its beauty. Whangarei has a wide variety of shops and services, but it is known as a place you go to relax on the beach – it's even described by locals as 'the city of a hundred beaches!'
There are many distinctive features in Whangarei including:
- The Town Basin Yacht Harbour area
- Whangarei Falls
- Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park
- Clarke Homestead & Kiwi House
- Whangarei Art Museum
- Botanica Whangarei Fernery and Conservatory
There are also plenty of beaches within a 30-minute drive of the city. There are many other significant sites to both Māori and non-Māori, three important ones being Mount Manaia, Mount Parihaka and the Hātea River. Each has its own unique legend about the origin of its place name.
The Whangarei District boasts more than 270 kilometres of open coastline. No part of the District is more than 40 kms from the sea. Whangarei District’s population is estimated today at 80,000 (74,463 at 2006 census), and residents are diverse, hailing from over 100 different countries.
What is there to do in Whangarei for kids?
There's so much to do with the kids in Whangarei (and hey, some of the attractions are even free!) Whangarei boasts ample restaurants from street carts to four-star. For a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, check out the all-you-can-eat Mongolian grill and buffet at Gengy's Cafe. Kids love to choose their own stir fry and watch the chefs cook tableside. Looking for a hearty, on-the-go breakfast? Grown-ups and kids alike love a good bagel from Biggie's Bagels. But when it comes to family-friendly food offerings, Quail Cafe consistently makes the list.
Mair Park is a great place to take the kids to play, while the Adventure Forest offers treetop climbing for the whole family. Make sure to bring a lightweight jacket as the canopies at Adventure Forest provide shaded play areas that can get a little cool. Clapham's Clock Museum is another family favourite, with guided tours available for families and school groups.
Eager to head out to the beach? Here are our top 3 picks for most family-friendly beaches:
- Ruakaka Beach
- Whale Beach
- Waipu Beach