Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region, with a population of around 80,000. The city of Whangarei developed around the Hatea River which flows south through the city and empties into Whangarei Harbour. The river has a spectacular 26m waterfall in Tikipunga, 6km north of the city and also has numerous beaches and water ports. Not far off the East Coast are the Hen and Chicken Islands and the beautiful Poor Knights Marine Reserve.
Whangarei is the largest city north of Auckland and offers a unique taste of the Northland lifestyle. The Saturday Farmers' Market is highly recommended as is a stroll along the Town Basin with its many boutique shops, galleries and garden sculptures.
Whangarei is a great central location to base yourself for further discovery of Northland.