Aaaahhh good old Whangarei.
This must have been one of the places I’ve felt home the most in New Zealand.
Of course this was all because of two beautiful souls who I was introduced to during my travels through Canada last summer, Auntie Karen and Uncle Rick. Two of the kindest kind I know on this planet.
I had the privilege spending three weekends with them in this precious spot of New Zealand, away from the big travel crowds.
Whangarei is a three hour bus ride away from Auckland (we booked our tickets with Nakedbus) and were dropped off at the port of Whangarei, where a bunch of sailing boats rest peacefully in the harbour.
On my first visit, Uncle Rick was ready to pick us up. At that time I was traveling with Julia, a name you will encounter frequently in my blogs, and she is definitely worth mentioning cause she always manage to deliver a great story to tell.
Whangarei Falls : Nice spot if you seek some refreshment and wanna make a fairly easy walk.
Ocean Beach : Great place to go surfing or relax and get a tan (or sunburn in my case).
Mount Manaia : A not so crowded steep climb with incredibly rewarding views.
Abbey Caves : Way less crowded than the other glowworm caves and totally free. After a little walk through the meadows you arrive at the caves (mind the sheep poo). Be very careful cause it’s really slippery and be prepared to get wet from head to toe if you want to see the glowworms deeper in the caves. Make sure to bring a flashlight and when you are in the caves, not to shine the flashlight towards the worms but away from them. Be prepared for magic.
Smugglers Cove : Starting from the small parking lot with excellent toilets it is a nice hike over a small hill to reach this cozy cove that once was a haven for pirates. You can also combine this with the Busby Head Track if you wanna see some more cool views.
Definitely worth a visit !