Whangarei

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Urban Area Population 48,300
Extent Hikurangi to Portland
Te Hihi to airport
Territorial
Authority
Name Whangarei District Council
Population 72,200
Extent Whangaruru to Waipu;
west to Wheki Valley
Regional
Council
Name Northland Regional Council
Population estimates are as at 30 June 2004
Source: Statistics New Zealand (http://www.stats.govt.nz)

Whangarei is the largest urban area in the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand. Until 1989 it was officially described as a city, but it is now administered by the Whangarei District Council [1] (http://www.wdc.govt.nz/), the district including both Whangarei itself and the surrounding hinterland. Despite this Whangarei is still normally referred to as a city. As such it is the northernmost city in New Zealand.

Whangarei has a subtropical climate and very few frosts. Summers rarely exceed 30C, and there is plentiful rainfall, spread relatively evenly over the whole year.

Whangarei District

Whangarei district includes the town of Hikurangi, and the suburbs of Kamo, Tikipunga, Whau Valley, Otangarei, Kensington, Regent, Maunu, Morningside, Raumanga, and Onerahi as well as a large amount of rural land, including beaches such as Ngunguru, game fishing mecca Tutukaka, and a variety of beaches along Whangarei Harbour.

The district extends as far south as Bream Bay, north towards the Cape Brett peninsula, and west almost to the Waipoua Forest. It also includes the Hen and Chicken Islands and the Poor Knights Islands.

Famous people from Whangarei

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