|LOCATION:||Northland DHB is based in Whangarei, and covers the northernmost part of the North Island.|
|REGIONAL AIRPORTS:||Whangarei Airport
Kerikeri Airport (Bay of Islands)
|INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: (CLOSEST MAIN)||Auckland International Airport|
|PROXIMITY TO THE SEA:||Coastal in parts|
|CLOSEST SKI FIELDS: (COMMERCIAL)||Mount Ruhepehu's Whakapapa ski field and Turoa ski field|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JANUARY:||22℃ (Range: 18℃ - 25℃)|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JUNE:||12℃ (Range: 9℃ - 14℃)|
Known as ‘the Winterless North’ for its subtropical climate, Northland’s expanses of white sandy beaches, great fishing and scenic locations like the Bay of Islands all combine to make it a popular place to live. New Zealand’s northernmost region is home to around 150,000 people. Roughly half live in the largest city, Whangarei, around two hours drive from Auckland.
Northland is particularly rich in Maori tradition, having welcomed the canoes of the first explorer Kupe around 800 years ago. Today, around a quarter of Whangarei’s population identify themselves as Maori.
The warm climate and safe harbours also drew the first European settlers, and Paihia, an hour north of Whangarei, was New Zealand’s first seat of government. New Zealand’s founding document, Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) was signed just outside Paihia in 1840.