Described as the city with 100 beaches. 2hrs from Auckland. The fully accessible 4.2 km Hatea Loop walkway. Read the fascinating history of the area on the Heritage Panels. Walk across the elegant footbridge, and the impressive,‘Te Matau a Pohe’ (opening) bridge. There is wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. The Whangarei Growers Market offers an abundance of locally grown produces. Held at Water Street every Saturday.