About our region
Want to learn more about the place we call home? Find facts and figures about our environment, people, districts and economy.
More information about Northland's economy, infrastructure, people, culture and environment is also available in the About our region section of our Long Term Plan.
Rich in culture and history, our region boasts a stunning natural environment north of our boundary line that stretches from south-east of Mangawhai across to the Kaipara Harbour and all the way up to New Zealand's northernmost tip, Cape Rēinga.
Northland has a sub-tropical climate, making us the warmest region in New Zealand. Annual sunshine hours average about 2000 per annum, in many areas, and typical rainfall for the region is 1500 - 2000mm per annum.
Land area: 13,286 km2
Highest point: Te Raupua - 781 metres above sea level
Coastline: 3200 kilometres in length
Largest lake: Lake Ōmāpere
Longest river: Northern Wairoa River
Number of harbours: 10
Find out more about our natural resources:
Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 150,000 people.
Regional population: 148,470
Population by district:
- Far North: 55,842
- Kaipara: 18,135
- Whangārei: 74,460
- European: 93,351
- Māori: 43,527
- Pacific peoples: 3,702
- Asian: 2,580
- Middle Eastern/Latin American/African: 348
Source: Statistics New Zealand Census 2006 data
Find out more: www.stats.govt.nz
Three diverse districts make up the region of Northland:
- Far North
Find out more about each district from their respective district councils:
Far North District Council
Kaipara District Council
Whangarei District Council
Northland has a diverse economy with manufacturing as our largest industry followed by agriculture, forestry and fishing, then business and property services.
For more information about the Northland economy visit our Regional Economic Development Agency - Northland Inc's website.
Northland, with its northern location, low elevation and close proximity to the sea is characterised by a mild, humid, and rather windy climate.
For more information about Northland's climate and weather, read the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) report The Climate and Weather of Northland in our resource library.