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Sail on in! We are waiting for you.

Whatever brings you here, from the moment you sail under our iconic bridge and tie up at the town basin marina, you’ll be charmed.


Your berth is just minute's walk from dining, cultural experiences, shopping options, swimming pools, parks, medical treatment and marine services.  It’s easy living, and it’s also an opportunity to be part of a close, friendly and supportive community of cruisers.  Find out anything you need to know about holidaying, living or working in Whangārei on the town’s own website.

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What a weekend we had!

Thank you to all the boat owners, organisations, businesses, volunteers, sponsors and individuals who believed in this crazy idea and made it happen.

We had 13,000+ people visiting the Town Basin and enjoying the vibe.

Click here to get involved next year. 

Explore Whangārei & surroundings

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Arts & Culture

One of three museums in the Town Basin, The Hundertwasser Art Centre is a tribute to a visionary ecological artist who made Whangārei his home. 

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World-class cruising

We are less than a day’s sail to some of the world’s most famous spots: the Bay of Islands, Poor Knight's Islands, Great Barrier Island and the Tutukaka Coast.

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Beautiful parks, walks, golf courses, surf beaches and children's playgrounds are right here on your doorstep.



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Well connected

Whangārei Airport is 8km away, connecting you to all New Zealand routes, including Auckland International Airport. 


Your local boating clubs 

We have two great boating clubs right here by the marina. Whangārei Cruising Club was founded in 1921 and is the hub of boating, racing and socialising on the harbour. Our own Blackball Yacht Club was founded just recently by those living and working in the marina community to help create social opportunities while giving back.

Further afield, the South Pacific Sailing Network is a group of like-minded tourism and marine industry professionals working in the South Pacific Islands.

Repair, restock and relax

All on offer in one pleasant environment. Three marinas, six haulout yards. Accessible shopping, entertainment, medical care, sailmakers, stainless experts .....

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