The Whangarei district lies within the ancestral areas of the
Ngapuhi, Ngatiwai and Ngati Whatua Maori tribes. Translated from Maori,
Whangarei means, “cherished harbour” and which today remains unspoiled.
Whangarei city is reputed to be
New Zealand’s warmest city and enjoys more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a
year, while having enough rainfall to keep surroundings lush, green and
attractively semi- tropical. In the heart of the city, Quayside at the Town Basin is a quaint
waterside retreat offering visitors a variety of cafes, restaurants, museums,
art galleries and speciality shops.
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|The district extends from Langs
Beach in the south to Bland Bay in the north and contains Pacific coastline
boasting some of the finest beaches in the country. The area offers a wide range
of indoor and outdoor activities and features rural and coastal reserves that
highlight unspoilt bush and ocean vistas.
The Poor Knights Islands marine
reserve; off the coast of Tutukaka is a diving mecca famous for exceptional
water clarity and variety of sea-life.
Our whanau and families strive
to ensure that our visitors are also able to enjoy the district’s superb
beaches, coastal waters, and attractive countryside.
Tourism Operators in
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Whangarei is an easy drive of 2 hours and 30 minutes north of
Auckland on State Highway 1 and a 30-minute flight from Auckland.
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