Story: Northland places

Whangaroa Harbour

Whangaroa Harbour

The serene Whangaroa Harbour has witnessed turbulent times, including the burning by Māori of the sailing ship Boyd and massacre of its crew in 1809. Later it was a trading port for timber and gum, and a base for shipbuilding and whaling. Today it is a quiet backwater, visited mainly by those interested in yachting, diving and big-game fishing.

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland places - Whangaroa and district', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015