Town Basin Whangarei
Town Basin Whangarei
The Whangarei Town Basin is a picturesque international yachting marina in Northland and soon to be home to a Hundertwasser art gallery. The town basin is full of restaurants, cafes and speciality shops, art, culture and entertainment, plenty of history and heritage and great walkways also start here.
A popular place for locals and tourists alike to enjoy the unique interface of city and harbour-side the Town Basin lends itself perfectly to a family outing. The marina is also popular with international yachting visitors, many of whom make Whangarei a regular stop-over during the warmer months.
The Town Basin is home to many art and craft galleries - featuring beautiful works by Whangarei, Northland and New Zealand artists.
For a unique experience, the chance to watch the glass blowers in the Burning Issues Gallery workshop is not to be missed. The expert glass workers produce exquisite pieces of artwork for the local, national and international markets.
An Artisan Fair and other events run frequently through the summer months on the Victoria (Canopy) Bridge where you can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere created by this gathering of artists, buskers and food stalls.
The city CBD is only a five-minute walk away for some great shopping and even more restaurants cafes.
If you do want a car to see more of New Zealand, there are cheap ones for sale or hire in town.
A New Zealand Historic Places Trust Category 2 listed, and Whangarei’s oldest, colonial building sits along the waterfront and now operates as an art gallery and is home to the Northland Society of Arts. Built in the 1870s the building has been lovingly preserved and is surrounded by landscaped gardens adjacent to the Town Basin playground.
Town Centre Museums
Two very special museums reside at the Town Basin; the Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi and Claphams National Clock Museum, but these will soon be joined by the new Hundertwasser art gallery
Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi
The Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi is the permanent home to the city’s outstanding art collection that embraces both heritage and contemporary artwork and offers a captivating insight into the District’s history. The Museum also has many internally curated and national touring exhibitions.
Claphams National Clock Museum
Claphams National Clock Museum has the largest collection of timepieces in the Southern Hemisphere, with a collection of clocks, that can be rare and exquisite, or quirky and fun. There are many other gadgets that will surprise and delight both you and your children.