Just a short walk from Chelsea House, the Whangarei Town Basin has everything you need: restaurants, cafés and interesting shops to wander around, plus the sculpture trail walk. It’s also the site of Claphams National Clock Museum and the Whangarei Art Museum
From Chelsea House, you are able to cross the road, and take a real bush walk. Climb to the summit of Parahaki which is 242 metres. The track is good, and the view from the top is certainly worth the climb!
The A.H. Reed Memorial Park is a magnificent remnant of the original Northland kauri forest. Maturing kauri trees known to be at least 500 years old can be easily viewed close up from a raised walkway through the forest canopy. The bubbling Wai Koromiko Stream runs through the middle of the park and the Paranui Falls, at over 23 metres high, are well worth a visit. Just av5 minute drive from Chelsea House.
The Northern beaches simply have to be seen to be believed! The coast boasts the finest beaches and scenery. This is the base for the famous Poor Knights Islands diving experience and Deep Sea Fishing. A number of our guests have taken boat trips out to the Poor Knights Islands, a marine sanctuary which were rated by the famous Jacques Cousteau. The beautiful beaches of Matapouri and Whale Bay are closeby.
The beautiful Bay of Islands is just a 1.25 hour easy drive from Whangarei. In a day you can take a cruise on Explore 'Discover the Bay' cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock, or lunch in the historical village of Russell. Visit the Waitangi Treaty house to learn about the beginning of New Zealand as a colony and return to Chelsea House.
On your way to Whangarei or you way back to Auckland, its worth taking the 13km journey from State Highway 1 to the Waipu Caves. On arrival at the caves its a short walk to the cave entrance and then the fun and adventures begin. You will need a head torch and some old shoes that you don't mind getting wet. There are lots of glow worms and you may even come across an eel swimming in the stream.
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