Welcome to Whangarei, New Zealand
Whangarei is New Zealands northern-most city. The Whangarei Town Basin has yachts from around the world mooring here to soak up the semi tropical climate and explore the stunning coastline of Northland. Whangarei is famous for the brilliant diving at the Poor Knights Islands. Whangarei is the gateway to the Bay of Islands. It has a wide variety of shops and services, with a small modern cinema complex, opera and drama theatres.
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The development of the Whangarei Town Basin has brought an international flavour to the city with yachts from around the world mooring here to soak up the semi tropical climate and explore the stunning coastline of Northland, the white sandy beaches at Ruakaka, Whangarei Heads, beautiful Matapouri Bay, Whale and Sandy Bays.
Whangarei is famous for the brilliant diving at the Poor Knights Islands which are situated 12 miles off the coast at Tutukaka.
The Whangarei District is located in Northland, New Zealand. Whangarei is the principal town and the district seat. Other towns include Hukerenui, Hikurangi, Titoki, Ruakaka and Waipu. The district contains a large amount of rural land, including beaches such as Ngunguru, game fishing mecca Tutukaka, and a variety of beaches along Whangarei Harbour. The main airport for the district is Whangarei Airport.
The district extends as far south as Bream Bay, north towards the Cape Brett peninsula, and west almost to Waipoua Forest. It also includes the Hen and Chicken Islands and the Poor Knights Islands. The district population is 78,200 from the June 2008 estimate.
The city of Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Although it is commonly classified as a city, officially it is under the jurisdiction of the Whangarei District Council, a local body created in 1989 to administer both the city proper and its hinterland.
The city population was estimated to be 51,100 at the June 2008 estimate, up from 47,400 in 2001. Whangarei has a subtropical climate and very few frosts. Summers rarely exceed 30°C, and there is plentiful rainfall, spread relatively evenly over the year.
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Captain James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour were the first Europeans to contemplate the Whangarei Harbour entrance. On 15 November 1769 they caught about one hundred fish there which they classified as 'bream' (probably snapper) prompting Cook to name the area Bream Bay.
Nga- Puhi was the Maori iwi which occupied Whangarei from the early 19th century, and Te Parawhau was the hapu- living at the head of the harbour. In the 1820s the area was repeatedly attacked by Waikato and Nga-ti Paoa raiders during the Musket Wars.