Waimanu Lodge, in Whangaroa Harbour, Northland NZ, is located 281km North of Auckland (approx 4hr drive) and 30km north of Kerikeri close to the Bay of Islands. Whangaroa Harbour is well positioned en route to the Far North and Cape Reinga. The Hokianga Harbour and the Waipoua Kauri forest (Tane Mahuta) are within 2 hours drive on the West Coast.
Whangaroa is not off the beaten track. It just seems that way. One of the main highways (SH10) to the Far North, is just five kilometres down the road. For the traveller with transport, Whangaroa is an ideal base from which to explore some of the other top attractions in the north.
Waimanu Lodge will arrange bookings, if you require, for tours to the Far North, Ninety MIle Beach and Cape Reinga. The collection point being just a few minutes away by car in Kaeo.
The sandy swimming beaches of Tauranga Bay, Taupo Bay, Te Ngaere Bay, Wainui Bay, Matauri Bay and Coopers Beach in Doubtless Bay are all within 30min or less of Whangaroa. The golf courses of Kauri Cliffs, Carrington, Kerikeri and Whangaroa are also in the area.
HOW TO FIND US from Auckland
Follow State Highway 1 (SH1) north travelling past Whangarei City (160km)
Just before Kawakawa (50km), there is a junction where SH1 turns sharply to the LEFT. Take the LEFT turn. Straight ahead will take you to the Bay of Islands and Paihia.
There is a further junction 13km north of Kawakawa where State Highway 10 (SH10) turns RIGHT off SH1. The sign at the turnoff to SH10 reads “Kerikeri, Bay of Islands and Doubtless Bay” Turn RIGHT here.
Follow SH10 for 18km to a large roundabout. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD ON SH10. to Kaeo. Turning right will take you into Kerikeri.
Just past Kaeo, SH10 turns left over a one way bridge. Do NOT cross the bridge. CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD to Whangaroa (7km)
You will pass the Whangaroa Big Game Fish Club and Whangaroa Marina on your left and the Marlin Hotel on your right. Take the next turning right (Old Hospital Road). Follow the signs to the top of the hill. The first section of the narrow road is tar sealed and then continues into a narrow one way gravel road for a short distance. Our entrance is clearly marked on the right hand side of the road just before the top of the hill.