Whangarei, Northland


Whangarei city is approximately two hours’ drive north of Auckland or a short 35 minute flight from Auckland Airport.

Drive – Self-driving offers you the opportunity to explore along the way to Whangarei. The journey is well signposted and traffic is generally light. State Highway 1 is a scenic route with many attractions along the way, or you can follow the Twin Coast Discovery Highway from Te Hana and drive the idyllic East Coast – following the brown tourist route signs. Be aware that if you detour from main routes, you may encounter unsealed roads.

By air – Daily direct flights are available from Auckland and Wellington airports, and you can take connecting domestic flights from most other NZ airports.


Accommodation options include apartments, Bed and Breakfast, Boutique & luxury lodges, Farmstays, Hotels, Motels, Holiday parks, as well as several private accommodation options and beach holiday homes.

Book your accommodation now for Spirited Women, 12 – 14 March 2021.

Extend your stay and enjoy Whangarei!

Destination & activities

The small attractive city is nestled between forest-clad hills at the heart of the Whangarei Harbour and nowhere in the District is more than 40 kilometres from the coast. Explore the outstanding Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei Heads, Bream Bay, Ruakaka, and Waipu.

Discover all the great things to do & see in subtropical Whangarei; love the spectacular beaches and walks, swim, dive, kayak or build a sandcastle. Enjoy great coffee and food, swing a golf club, cast a fishing line, shop at boutique markets and visit gorgeous galleries and fascinating museums.

It’s no wonder it was chosen to deliver the sixth annual North Island Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race.

To discover more about this amazing destination, visit their website

Bike transportation

There are a few ways to get your mountain bike to/from Whangarei is, by way of vehicle, plane, or courier. Thanks to the local Whangarei bike operators, it is now simple and easy to transport your mountain bike, not only to Whangarei but to and from the bike drop after you arrive! This is optional and designed for women flying into Whangarei Airport, who have friends/family picking them up or hire a car that isn’t set up for transporting bikes. This service needs to be booked as soon as possible and solely through the bike operators. The bike operators will be offering the following support and assistance with your bikes.

Mountain bike hire 

No bike hire available

Courier Handling – by the local store ahead of the event weekend, included;

  • Receipt of couriered bike box from courier
  • Storage of this bike box until event weekend
  • Handover of bike box back to courier

Note: All bikes must be couriered before Friday 5th March 2021. This doesn’t include organising the courier at either end, this will need to booked and paid for by the bike owner and at the owner’s expense.

Re-assembling and dis-assembly, included;

  • Unpacking your mountain bike from the box and re-assembly before the event
  • Storage of your bike box
  • Dis-assembly your mountain bike post-event and packaging it back into the bike box ready to travel

Transport of your bike to/from the bike drop, included;

  • Transport of your bike from the bike store to the mountain bike drop before the event
  • Collection of your bike from the mountain bike drop and brought back to the bike store

Note: It is the bike owner’s responsibility to fix the bike number plate to the handlebar of their assembled bike at the bike operator’s premises. We recommend that you collect your bike plate from the event registration, along with the rest of your gift box contents. Straight after registration, head to your bike transport provider to make any seat height adjustments/check the bike and attach bike plate, lights, drink bottle, helmet, bike shoe (if using them) before the shop closes. No bikes will be transported without bike number plates. All mountain bike shoes, helmets, and drink bottles need to be secured well to the bike or carried by the entrant throughout the event. They will not transport any loose items. NOTE: you will need to give the bike shop your bike collection card to take an image of (in your gift box), as they won’t be able to collect the bike without this. After this, the bike shop can drop off all bikes to the bike drop that evening. The bikes will be located in order of distance Short, Medium, Long and in bike number plate order. The onsite marshals can direct you in the right direction.

On Saturday afternoon/evening, (unless you have made other arrangements) please leave your bike at the final bike drop. These will be collected by the bike shop.


To make all bookings, please contact;

My Ride Whangarei, 48 Walton St, Whangarei

Phone:  09-438-1168

Contact person: Paul

Email: Whangarei@myride.co.nz

No bike hire available

Shop Hours: 

  • Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 2:30pm