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|Extent|| Hikurangi to Portland|
Te Hihi to airport
|Extent|| Whangaruru to Waipu;|
west to Wheki Valley
| Population estimates are as at 30 June 2004|
Source: Statistics New Zealand
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, 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 30 degrees, but there is plentiful rainfall, spread relatively evenly over the whole year.
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 in area south as far 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
- The actor Caleb Ross is from Whanagrei. He is most famous for playing Lex in the television series The Tribe.
- Country singer Keith Urban was born here, but was raised in Australia, and has made his name in the United States.
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