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.
The Whangarei urban area includes the suburbs of Kamo, Tikipunga, Otangarei, Mairtown, Riverside, Sherwood Rise, Onerahi, Morningside, Raumanga, Parihaka, Maunu, Horahora, Woodhill, Vinetown, The Regent, Kensington, and Whau Valley.
Climate and Geography
Whangarei has a subtropical climate and very few frosts.
∗ Bus and Coach : - Adams Bus Services operate City Link bus services Monday - Saturday as well as the Summer Beach Bus and Midnight Movers Nightlife Services.
∗ Cycling : - For an adventurous tour, explore Whangarei's natural beauty, stunning coastlines and temperate climate on a bike.
∗ Taxi : - A choice of local taxis is available, providing transport around Whangarei district and meeting scheduled flights at the airport.
∗ Rental Cars : - Rental cars are available from central Whangarei and Whangarei airport. One way hire may be available in some instances � check when you make your enquiry. You will need to be at least 21 years of age to rent a vehicle and possess a current driver's licence or international driving permit.
Shopping and Entertainment
At the Quayside Town Basin in Whangarei, there's a boat marina surrounded by restaurants, cafes and shops the perfect spot to relax for an afternoon. There are also a number of beauty spas where you can while away the hours with a little pampering. There are also a number of galleries specializing in New Zealand, Maori and Pacific art and crafts, as well as handcrafted jewellery, ceramics, glass and paintings. There's also a multiplex cinema in Whangarei, if you/re keen to keep up with the latest blockbusters.