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Selfie Hot Spots, Photo Locations in Whangarei

Northland

32 Places for a Great Holiday Shot

Whangarei offers visitors a bonus with plenty of marine and beach locations, amazing sub-tropical plants and funky places for a unique shot. Photographers have great directional lines, plenty of street art and artistic public installations as well as hills for panoramic views to capture the sunset or sunrise.

1. Hundertwasser Art Centre

Hundertwasser Art Centre, Whangarei, Northland, NZ Hundertwasser Art Centre, Whangarei

Top billing to Hundertwasser Art Centre with gold cupola in a starring role. There are so many quirky angles you will definitely find a unique location. Funky fun to be add using the building as part of your frame.

It’s worth the admission fee to get to the rooftop where it’s all happening scenery wise as well as the rooftop garden the glittering gold cupola roof.

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2. Hatea Walkway Sculptures

@HATEA Loop Whangarei @HATEA Loop Whangarei

Hatea walkway sculptures, climb into or climb onto for a great photo opportunity. The senses are fired by the imaginative interpretation of the environment by the creators. Remember to read the information plaques.

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3. Whangarei River

Hundertwasser Art Centre, Whangarei, riverside precinct, Northland, NZ Hundertwasser Art Centre, Whangarei, riverside precinct

Marina, boats and waterside action on the Whangarei River (town precinct). There is nothing better invoking journeys away than a boat with masts.

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4. Quail Cafe, Whangarei Quarry Gardens

Sculpture Hand protecting baby kiwi chick by Susan Dinkelacker outside the Whangarei Quarry Gardens at the Quail Cafe entrance Sculpture at Quail Cafe entrance

Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Quail Cafe with the brunch menu adding yummy thoughts to your snap of the day. While significant damage due to cyclones has battered the Quarry Gardens the volunteers are hard at work. Delicious foodie photo opportunity with the best time to go mid-week. The place is a very popular weekend destination.

 

5. Whangarei Quarry Gardens

Whangarei Quarry succulents contrast with steel from former life, New Zealand Whangarei Quarry succulents contrast with steel from former life

Whangarei Quarry Gardens, cherry blossoms, lush rhododendrons and cacti all make great companion pieces. The grass is showered with petals.

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6. Whangarei Reyburn Gallery

Whangarei Reyburn House & Art Gallery front view, Northland NZ Whangarei Reyburn House & Art Gallery front view

Whangarei Reyburn gallery sculptures on the Hatea walkway.

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7. Whangarei Public Street Art

Hundertwasser Art Centre display board Whangarei Northland NZ Hundertwasser Art Centre display board

Whangarei public street art invites you to join in the action. This is fun as you meld yourself into the painted landscape.

 

 

8. The Whangarei Rolling Ball Clock

Rolling Ball Clock in Whangarei Northland New Zealand @sherrylwriter Rolling Ball Clock, Whangarei @sherrylwriter

Discover an awesome fantasy clock with its enormous steel rolling balls on the Hatea walkway. Reflected light could be an issue, bring on cloudy days for this memory moment. Opposite the Clapham Clock Museum.

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9. Whangarei Farmers Market

Something fun happening at the Tutukaka Twilight Market Whangarei Northland @tutukakamarket Something fun happening at the Tutukaka Twilight Market @tutukakamarket

Whangarei farmers market with your filled goodie bag. Luscious farm to plate cuisine is a picnic away from the weekend market.

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10. Packard Museum

Packard Motor Museum vintage fire engines Packard Motor Museum vintage fire engines

Packard Museum with the 1950’s maniques perched against the vintage vehicles. Laugh alongside the model.

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11. Packard Museum

Packard Motor Museum Packard Motor Museum

Packard Museum is a treasure trove of photo locations from a Ford T vehicle to a 1950’s police motorbike. Borrow a leather jacket for this snap.

 

12. Claphams Clock Museum

Antique unique golden clock. Claphams National Clock Museum, NZ Antique unique golden clock. Claphams National Clock Museum

Claphams Clock Museum with a dignified grandfather clock adding gravitas to the photo. The museum is fulled to the brim with ideas for a unique photo moment.

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13. Whangarei Botanica Garden

Sub-tropical Northland Whangarei orchids flourishing in the warm climate, NZ Sub-tropical Northland Whangarei orchids flourishing in the warm climate

Whangarei Botanica Garden orchids with their lush petals. Very romantic.

 

14. Whangarei Botanica Garden

The Ferney Botanica Whangarei hothouse seat, admire the begonias and lush foliage, Northland NZ The Ferney Botanica Whangarei hothouse seat

Whangerei Botanica Garden bright emerald ferns as a backdrop, totally New Zealand.

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15. Whangarei Waterfalls

Waterfalls in the bush, river and stones, Whangarei waterfalls, New Zealand Whangarei waterfalls

Whangarei waterfalls from several angles, honestly your mobile just might run out of battery.

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16. AH Reed Canopy Boardwalk

AH Reed canopy walk, Whangarei public reserves, Whangarei, New Zealand. AH Reed canopy walk

AH Reed canopy boardwalk with railings acting as a directional line. Awesome tree majesty with the canopy within photo distance.

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17. Lake Waro

Hikurangi Lake Waro bizarre rock forms, Northland NZ Hikurangi Lake Waro bizarre rock forms

Lake Waro scenic reserve, twisted, folded limestone rock outcrops, very gnarly background.

 

 

18. Bream Head Military Fortifications

Bream Head, New Zealand @BreamHeadTrust Bream Head @BreamHeadTrust

Bream Head military fortifications panoramic views of Whangarei and coastline.

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19. Kawakawa Public Toilets

Exterior view of public toilets Kawakawa, New Zealand Exterior view of public toilets Kawakawa

Kawakawa public toilets, be careful of the weekend train which drives straight down the main street. Fun and don’t forget to the check out the new library public spaces behind the toilets.

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20. Ruapekapeka Pa Military Site

Waharoa carved gateway. The central figure represents Te Ruki Kawiti, the leader of the warriors who defended Ruapekapeka. Northland, New Zealand Waharoa carved gateway. The central figure represents Te Ruki Kawiti, the leader of the warriors who defended Ruapekapeka

Ruapekapeka pa military site with its amazing views of Northland and solitary canon left behind in the 19th NZ Land Wars. Poignant and thought provoking location.

 

21. Women’s Jail

The View Around Mount Parihaka Scenic Reserve in Whangarei, New Zealand The View Around Mount Parihaka Scenic Reserve in Whangarei

Women’s jail at Heritage Park at Kiwi North. A number of historic buildings always makes for a memorable instagram.

 

22. Waimahanga Walkway

Bridge on the Waimahanga track in Onerahi Northland nz @jenny.sandiford Bridge on the Waimahanga track Onerahi @jenny.sandiford

Disused industrial buildings on the Waimahanga walk, Waimahanga walkway is a series of easy walks (some steps in areas) on the edge of the Onerahi lookout (123 Church Street, Onerahi, Whangārei 0110.

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23. Whangarei Bridges

Te Matau a Pohe Bridge, beautiful with elements of Maori traditional agricultural tools influencing the design, Whangarei Northland Te Matau a Pohe Bridge

Whangarei bridges, if you have an opportunity to capture lifting bridge, that’s definitely an insta moment. Look for directional lines leading to the bridge lifting mechanism, industrial chic at its best.

BRIDGES IN WHANGAREI – TE MATAU A POHE LIFTING BRIDGE. People who love bridges then Whangarei delivers with two magnificent interpretations of the landscape. Te Matau a Pohe (a lifting bascule road bridge over the Hatea River) with its fish hooks reaching up  and the Kotuitui Whiti foot bridge.

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24. Coronation Scenic Reserve

Whangarei Quarry ferms and palms walkway, New Zealand Whangarei Quarry ferms and palms walkway

Coronation Scenic Reserve with its sub-tropical native regenerating forest and gold mining relics, superb New Zealand lush sub-tropical forest setting.

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25. Poor Knights Island

Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand Poor Knights Island

Find yourself cruising, checking sub-tropical reefs and marine life at Poor Knights Island.

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26. Scottish Settler Museum

Waipu Museum Celtic cross, New Zealand Celtic Cross, Waipu Museum

The tartan scarf you’ve purchased from the Scottish settler museum in Waipu and check out the dour faces of the community. Life was very serious, definitely no mobile numbers were given out.

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27. Matakohe Kauri Museum

Matakohe Kauri Museum, gignatic kauri cut timber illustrates the sheer height of the tree Matakohe Kauri Museum

Matakohe Kauri Museum massive kauri slab with a ray of sunshine highlighting your gorgeousness.

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28. Matakohe Chapel

Matakohe historic church wooden kauri interior Matakohe historic church

Matakohe. The beautiful cute golden timber kauri chapel opposite the Kauri Museum.

 

29. Ngunguru 

@Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society @Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society

Reward your efforts from the painting workshop at Nganguru (Tutukaka coast) by visiting best places for selfies.

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30. Whananaki

Whananaki North footbridge 375m in length, New Zealand Whananaki North footbridge 375m in length

Yourself exploring Whananaki and the longest footbridge in the southern hemisphere and remember to look into the ebb and flow for marine life, perhaps a sting ray will saunter past.

 

31. Tutukaka Beaches

Pristine Beach at Matapouri Bay, New Zealand Pristine Beach at Matapouri Bay

Return to Tutukaka and spend the day fossicking on the beaches and snapping shots at Matapouri Bay, Sandy and Daisy Bay. The small curved beaches are a great contrast to the lush rolling farmland and native bush.

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32. Tutukaka Hill

Tutukaka lookout past Ngunguru settlement, New Zealand Tutukaka lookout past Ngunguru settlement

A roadside turret is making views from Tutukaka Hill even more spectacular.

TIP – SELFIE LOCATION

Ngunguru or frying pan lookout photo moment.

It is spectacular. The lookout, known as the Frying Pan, even has an elevated platform for people to climb for an enhanced panoramic view.  You might strike a tour bus stop in which case chill out and wait fifteen minutes for the crowds to get back on their tour bus.

If your timing is right the sunset views are instagram moments. The views are of the Poor Knights to Mt Manaia. The timber lookout height and ramp are designed to be accessible. There is seating and picnic tables for your recently purchased fish n chips from the local shop in Ngunguru.

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