Northland – Te Tai Tokerau
Northland is the northernmost of New Zealand’s regions. New Zealanders sometimes call it the Winterless North because of its mild climate. The main population centre is the city of Whangārei, and the largest town is Kerikeri.
The western coast is dominated by several long straight beaches, the most famous of which is the inaccurately named 88 km stretch of Ninety Mile Beach in the region’s far north.
The east coast is more rugged and is dotted with bays and peninsulas. Several large natural harbours are found on this coast, from Parengarenga close to the region’s northern tip, then Whangaroa Harbour, and past the famous Bay of Islands down to Whangārei Harbour, on the shores of which is situated the largest population centre.