Hatea River and Town Basin

The Town Basin is the home of Whangarei's latest iconic Landmark THE HUNDERTWASSER ART CENTRE, where you should allow at least three hours to explore the exterior of the building and book tickets https://www.hundertwasserartcentre.co.nz/book-tickets/ to explore the Hundertwasser Gallery and the Wairau Māori Art Gallery and explore the aforested roof top and gold cupola. The Putahi Park is also a new space on the waterfront.

The Rolling Ball Clock situated next to the Clapham Clock Museum is another new tourist attraction in the Town Basin.

Visit Reyburn Gallery to see and perhaps buy some of our talented local artists craft. Art, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork etc.

The Hatea Loop is a 4.2km fully accessible walkway that circles the Hatea River. The walkway links the Town Basin with Te Matau a Pohe and William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island - from which a variety of activities can be enjoyed, including the newly opened Camera Obscura sculpture- the only Camera Obscura in the Southern Hemisphere.

The entire loop is accessible for walking, jogging, pushbikes, all sorts of mobility aids and scooters and is also suitable for push-chairs. Dogs can also be taken but must be on a leash at all times.

Grade: 1 Time: 60 minutes Distance: 4.2 km

The Hatea loop can be accessed from a variety of points. Many chose to start the walk from the Town Basin - although there is also parking adjacent to the Te Matau a Pohe bridge, on Pohe Island, and along Riverside Drive.

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