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Day 2

Whangarei - Paihia: Thriving mining town, heritage walks and places, spectacular limestone formations

Whangarei’s Hatea Loop in national spotlight @Stuff Whangarei’s Hatea Loop in national spotlight @Stuff

Highlights of the day

  • Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve
  • Hikurangi Historical Museum
  • Heritage Walk
  • Evening Talk

Our slogan for today: There are plenty of reasons to love Whangarei.

Whangarei is full of charm with its rich variety of historic buildings, art galleries and cafes, as well as stunning water views.

After our breakfast, we visit Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve and walk around spectacular limestone formations finding snippets of history along the grassed track.

On the way back to Whangarei we visit Hikurangi Museum. We travel back in time to when Hikurangi was a thriving mining town and get lost in the lives of the early settlers. It’s the perfect place to pop in and experience local heritage.

A highlight is an industrial quarry site now reimaged as a stunning garden with sculptural interpretations of Whangarei’s story. Perhaps you indulge in lunch at the adjoining Quail Cafe (not included in the tour programme).

After lunch near Town Basin (excluded), we start our Heritage Walk around Whangarei.

Dinner and Evening Talk

A chance to chat to new friends while we share dinner together (included in tour programme) while your guide joins you for the evening. An evening talk about Aotearoa New Zealand and its past will spark a good-natured conversation with our tour guide. Let’s share our historical knowledge and stories with each other.

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Whangārei Weather Forecast and Observations

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