Why Invest in Whangarei

Whangarei, New Zealand's northern-most city enjoys a sub-tropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. The district has a total land area of 2,855 square kilometres and 270 kilometres of coastline. The total population is approximate 87,700.

Whangarei has a diverse economy with strengths in tourism, farming and processing, forestry, horticulture, manufacturing, marine engineering, international education and ICT.

Key attributes

Strategic Location

Whangarei is just two hours north of New Zealand’s economic hub, Auckland, which provides easy access to the largest domestic market in New Zealand as well as the gateway to all international markets. 

This proximity also allows easy leverage of Auckland’s infrastructure and services for your business - without the higher cost of doing business in this large city. 

Affordable land

Whangarei has abundant affordable commercial land available for development near the city at Port Nikau and in the Marsden area.


Whangarei’s sub-tropical climate affords a longer growing season than anywhere else in New Zealand.

Maori investment

Whangarei Maori will actively consider all investment opportunities - they could be your ideal investment / business partner.


Key infrastructure includes:

Deepwater Port
Northport, the deep water commercial port facility at Marsden Point is the northernmost multi-purpose port in New Zealand, and the closest port to the majority of New Zealand's international markets. 

Oil Refinery
New Zealand’s only oil refinery, Refining NZ is located at Marsden Point immediately adjacent to Northport and has the reputation as one of Asia Pacific's safest and most reliable refineries. 

Ultra Fast Broadband 
Ultra Fast broadband has been deployed across the Whangarei city allowing business and industry open access to the fibre optic network. Find out more at Northpower Fibre.

An outstanding country to do business in

New Zealand has outstanding international rankings:

Investment Prospectus

Whangarei is part of the Northland region, New Zealand. View or download "Invest in Tai Tokerau Northland, New Zealand [4.5MB] to find out more about the district and region.

Talk to us

You are welcome to contact Tony Collins, Whangarei's District Development Manager, to assist you in your enquiries.

Tony Collins
Manager District Development 
Whangarei District Council
Phone + 64 9 430 4200
Cell  027 251 9456
Email tony.collins@wdc.govt.nz