Whangārei (Māori: [faŋaːˈɾɛi]) is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. It is part of the Whangārei District, a local body created in 1989 from the former Whangārei City, Whangārei County and Hikurangi Town councils, to administer both the city proper and its hinterland. The city population was estimated to be 54,900 in June 2022, an increase from 47,000 in 2001. The wider Whangarei District had a population of 100,500 in June 2022,
The origin of the name Whangārei is unclear, as a number of pūrākau (traditional stories) are associated with the harbour. One major tradition involves the sisters Reitū and Reipae of the Tainui migratory waka, who either flew from the Waikato north on the backs of birds, or in the form of birds.
February is the hottest month ☀️, with average temperature of 68° degrees. July is the coldest month ❄️, with average temperature of 52° degrees. August is the wettest month 💧, with 9.84 In. of rain and/or snow.
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