The Winterless North
Settlement Support Coordinator
Northland’s warm climate and hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt beaches make it a great place to live.
Around 150,000 people live in New Zealand’s northernmost region, about half of them in the largest city of Whangarei.
The area has a rich Maori tradition, with one-quarter of the Whangarei community identifying themselves as Maori. Early European settlers were also drawn to the warmer climate and safe harbours offered on the sheltered eastern side – a lot of the country’s early heritage was based in the Northland region.
While undoubtedly one of the warmest regions, Northland also has a reputation for rain. This is often a good thing because there are few large natural fresh water catchments, and without regular rain the region can quickly experience drought conditions.
While farmers in Northland are usually fortunate in this regard, they know their area can quickly change from one extreme to the other.
Northland is the home of the most northern of the seven main tribes - Ngapuhi.
The main industries are tourism, pastoral farming, forestry wood processing, and the boat industry.
However the climate and beauty of the region also attract many lifestyle residents. These residents are prepared to live on less, or work harder or drive further in exchange for the privilege of living in some of the most desirable physical locations the country has to offer.
The government also provides support for newcomers to create their own local networks.
To find out more, visit the Northland Newcomers Network.
The Newcomers Network is supported by Settling In, an initiative of Family and Community Services (Ministry of Social Development).