Whangarei is often referred to as the meeting place of the Pacific.  This modern catch-phrase has its roots steeped in the history of the area.

The Whangarei harbour was traditionally a rendezvous for the tribes from the north travelling southward by waka (large elaborately carved canoes).  Early records indicate that on the shores of Whangarei harbour, as many as 2000-3000 Maori would camp and organize their journeys.  Legend has it that these great gatherings of tribes gave the harbour its name - Whangarei Terenga Paraoa (The swimming/resting/meeting place of whales), which can be interpreted both strictly and metaphorically as "the meeting place of chiefs".

Over the past twenty years Whangarei has become renowned as the meeting place of the Pacific for the international cruising boat community who return year after year who enjoy Whangarei's hospitality.

There is much to delight you in our district, and many outstanding experiences to be enjoyed.

Whangarei is a blend of many cultures and prides itself in being known as a relaxing place for locals, visitors and new residents.  Welcome to you all.

If variety adds spice in your life, Whangarei, the district of 100 beaches on the Northland's eastern shore,is a main course for the discerning traveller.

Along the coast the attractions range from remote coves with dramatic headlands,to off-shore islands,world class diving,surfing,fishing,kayaking, campgrounds,amazing walks and golden sunrises.The coastal belt is supported by fertile hinterland. Mixed farming and horticulture flourish on the easier terrain, bush remnants and exotic forestry colour the steeper slopes.

This amazing environment has attracted an intriguing mix of people, from laid back locals to leading edge business decision makers,revered artists and sports stars.

At the heart of the district,Whangarei City features the "Town Basin", an international marina famous among the cruising yachties of the globe as a refuge from the Pacific hurricane season.

Maritime connections are both enshrined in history and a factor of modern business. In pre-European times Maori communities dotted the foreshore of the huge,abundant and very beautiful Whangarei Harbour, building their homes and canoes from timber and flax found in the surrounding native bush.

Today much of the vast harbour side remains in farm,bush and wetland, fringed by salt marsh and mangrove forest, punctuated with headlands and sandspits.

It is at the head of this harbour, as far up as trading vessels could ever be paddled or sailed, where the town of Whangarei took root.Today this "Town Basin" is a modern marina, built around remnants of an early wharf, surrounded by a cluster of cafes, restaurants, art and curio shops, all within five minutes walk of an attractive , full service, city center.

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