Whangarei — a port city on the North island (New Zealand). Regional centre for Northland. Full unofficial name of the city in Maori — Whangarei-Terenga-Paraoa, which translates as “the place where whales”.
By the time of the landing of James cook in the North island in 1769 Whangarei was a thriving Maori settlement. During the tribal wars on the island during the XIX century the settlement was the venue of the meetings, which were attended by the leaders of the local Maori tribes.
In the Whangarei district is Clapham’s Clocks Museum, which houses the largest collection of clocks in the southern hemisphere, Museum Whangarei, Museum of Fine Whangarei Art Museum, the Conservatory, the rose garden. A 30-minute drive from the picturesque beaches, parks, marine reserve.