Story: Whangārei tribes

Whangārei Harbour

Whangārei Harbour

There are a number of stories about how Whangārei was named. One is that it refers to a rock in the harbour where sentries used to wait (whanga) in ambush (rei).

Using this item

GNS Science
Reference: 26525/5
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

Permission of GNS Science must be obtained before any use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Whangārei tribes - Naming Whangārei Harbour', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017