Out and About the Town
Your sailing adventures have taken you and your crew to gorgeous places with spectacular scenery and unforgettable sunsets. Yet all the while the to-do list has grown longer and longer. Boat maintenance and repairs top the list, but there’s the land business that has been accumulating as well - dental and doctor appointments, travel arrangements, computer repairs, and on and on. Once your boat is tucked safely in at RDM, you'll be free to explore Whangarei on foot or by car.
Some cruisers purchase cars, others do not. Staying at RDM makes getting around without a car a viable option since it is so close to town. Before starting out with your to-do list in hand, pick up a copy of the Whangarei Marine Services and Facilities Guide from the marina office. The booklet has business listings and a town map. An easy 10-15 minute walk takes you to the centre of Whangarei, Northland’s largest town (46,000).
Some of the businesses you may find helpful are:
  • Grocery stores - three in the area
  • Doctors, dentists, pharmacies
  • Post office
  • Banks with ATM (EFTPOS)
  • Hardware stores
  • Cinemas               
  • Used book stores
  • Restaurants
  • Clothing stores
  • Yoga classes
  • Library
  • Saturday fresh fruit & vegetable markets
  • Aquatic Centre - exercise equipment, pool, spa, sauna, water aerobics
Ready for some hiking or land travel? Talk to the experts at The Hub Information Centre at the Town Basin. They are eager to answer questions and have maps and travel brochures for the North and South Islands. Further out of town is the Whangarei i-SITE Visitor’s Centre. Find everything you need to plan a short weekend getaway or longer excursions around the islands. Be sure and pick up the Whangarei District Council brochure that describes the hikes within easy reach of the city. Another brochure published by the Department of Conservation describes hikes in the coastal forests, hill country, and the beach shorelines of the surrounding area.

Riverside Drive Marina
52 Riverside Drive
PO Box 1709
Whangarei, New Zealand
Overseas: (0064)  9  438-2248
Local:  (09)  438-2248
Fax:  (09)  438-2261
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