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 the Whangarei Region »
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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