Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Whangarei along with the rest of New Zealand. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: New Zealand has restricted entry to all travellers who are not New Zealand nationals (Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau), permanent residents, visa holders, and their immediate families. Australian nationals residing primarily in New Zealand and accredited diplomats currently residing in New Zealand may also enter the country. All of the above travellers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a government facility for 14 days upon arrival unless they’re airline crew or people transiting through. Travellers may only transit New Zealand if they’re Australian nationals or residents on their way to Australia, or they have government approval. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).. If you are looking to book a trip to Whangarei and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
On a delightful harbour situated just south of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, sits the country’s most northerly city. Known as the “City of 100 Beaches”, Whangarei has an impressive variety of scenic attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. The Town Basin is a picturesque area in which to shop and eat or visit one of the city’s local museums, such as The Clock Museum or The Whangarei Art Museum. Close to the city centre lies Mount Parihaka, a volcanic landmark that offers panoramic views of the city by way of a scenic track. To the north of the city, the Tikipunga area delivers another spectacular natural feature, the Whangarei Falls, a local beauty spot where the Hatea River drops an astonishing 85 feet. New Zealand’s enormous kauri trees can also be seen here, at the AH Reed Memorial Kauri Park, which features a lovely canopy walkway through the remaining remnants of the old kauri forest. Situated on a natural harbour, the city’s coastline offers plenty of opportunities for scenic walks, including Whangarei Heads, a stunning peninsular dotted with white sandy beaches and volcanic peaks. Here you can find a rich diversity of wildlife amongst the forest terrain, which is also home to a kiwi sanctuary. For a peaceful place to spend a few hours, there are many parklands throughout the city where you can enjoy a picnic or get up close to native flora and fauna. If you want to discover New Zealand’s scenic landscape and native wildlife from a vibrant city location then Whangarei offers the best of both experiences.
The city is a wonderful destination to visit all through the year, due to its warm, temperate climate. If you want to visit at the warmest time of the year, then the months of December through to February generally offer the highest temperatures.
New Zealand’s summer spans December through to February, so if you want to visit at a cheaper time of year when attractions are less crowded, book your trip during the cooler winter months around the middle of the year.