Whangarei is a city in the north of New Zealand's North Island and has about 52,900 inhabitants. It is the administrative center of the northern region of the country, the Northland region. Administratively is Whangarei since the administrative reform in 1989 no longer correct city, because this year the government of the city and surrounding areas were grouped together for the Whangarei District. Nevertheless Whangarei is usually called the "City " means, insofar as it represents the northernmost city in New Zealand dar.
The Whangarei District is bounded by various geographical features of its neighboring districts: While in the north, the hills that forms the Cape Brett, the administrative unit of the Far North District, the northernmost district of the country divides, forming the east various means mountain ranges that the North Auckland Peninsula traverse from north to south, and to the south the range Brynderwyn the border to the Kaipara district. The borders on the Pacific coast is fringed by numerous bays with beautiful beaches, while looking over the entire district area distributed extinct volcanoes are located. For administrative area of the district include numerous smaller islands (partly of volcanic origin ), such as the Hen and Chicken Islands and the Poor Knights Islands.
Whangarei itself was founded at the mouth of the small river Hatea River, which flows in a natural harbor. This is now known as the Town Basin.
The climate is subtropical in Whangarei. While the average summer temperatures ( September to April ) is between 20 and 30 ° C, they move into the winter months, 10 to 15 ° C. Extreme temperature differences are usually not recorded because of the proximity to the sea; Thus, for example, winter temperatures below 10 ° C rarely as well as summer temperatures above 35 ° C hardly occur.
Approximately two-thirds of the entire population of the district lives in Whangarei The city itself consists of the following districts: Kamo, Tikipunga, Whau Valley, Otangarei, Kensington, Regent, Maunu, Morningside, Raumanga, and Onerahi.
The second largest town is the Hikurangi. There are also many smaller towns, both within the district and to the extensive beaches.
Culture and sights
In spite of the charm of an industrial town Whangarei has a nice town center with shops and restaurants, around the bustling yacht Town Basin. Worth seeing are the Clapham Clock Museum with several hundred old chronometers and embedded in a park Whangarei Falls. Interesting is also the new library opened in 2006, replacing the old opened in 1936.
Economy and infrastructure
In the city itself there is a modern industrial city with oil refineries, cement, fertilizer and glass factory and a deep into the country reaching natural harbor. But Whangarei is also a center of tourism in the region. So to some stretches of coastline to the best diving areas are among the world.
Whangarei is accessible via a thirty minute flight or two hours drive from New Zealand's largest metropolitan area, Auckland, from.
- Bountiful, Utah ( USA)
- Redmond, Oregon ( USA)
Sons and daughters of the town
- Laura Dekker, Dutch- German - New Zealand sailor
- Abby Erceg, soccer national team
- Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the New Zealand First Party
- Caleb Ross, actor, for example, played Lex in The Tribe
- Keith Urban, country singer ( grew up in Australia, the United States recorded a great success )
- Samantha Warriner, Track and Field athlete ( silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games Triathlon in Melbourne)