Cafler Park

Photo of flower gardens at Cafler Park.

Cafler Park offers a tranquil nature experience in the heart of the central city.

Within the park are the city's rose gardens, colourful flower gardens and mature trees offering shaded picnic spots. The Waiarohia River runs along its western boundary. If you are lucky you may spot eel swimming in the tidal river.

A bridge across the river leads to Botanica - a free public garden with year round displays of colourful subtropical flowers, a fernery and a cactus house.

Botanica Whangārei

There may be some known and potential hazards that users should be aware of and avoid.

Known hazards - Waipū Caves and Council reserves


Cafler Park can be accessed by foot from Water Street, from the city end of First Avenue and Second Avenue, or from the Forum North car park.

On-street car parking is available on First Avenue and Second Avenue. Paid parking is available at Water Street car park or Forum North car park.

History of Cafler Park

The park is named after the Cafler family. Edward Eugene Cafler, born in France 1797, served in the battle of Waterloo and after many adventures around the world, settled in Whangārei in 1855.

He was an enterprising businessman who built a majestic home near what is today the Town Basin, and later a cottage in the vicinity of the park.

Cafler built Whangarei’s first hotel, first store and first post office. He died in 1893 at the age of 95.


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