New Zealand’s northernmost region is home to around 150,000 people. A modest job market but an attractive lifestyle make Northland an interesting option for skilled workers in the primary sector or tourism.
The Northland Region (Māori: Te Tai Tokerau, also Te Hiku-o-te-Ika, "the Tail of the Fish" (of Maui)) is located at the northernmost part of New Zealand north island. The "winterless" north, as it is often referred to locally, has a sub-tropical climate with warm, humid summers and mild, wet winters.
The birthplace of New Zealand
A predominantly rural region, Northland is believed by the Māori to be the birthplace of the country. Legends tells that the region was once a huge fish, caught by the adventurer Māui. Northland was also the birthplace for the modern nation of New Zealand. Early traders and whalers were amongst the first arrivals, soon joined by many colonisers. So much so that Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands boast the honor of being the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand. New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi -between the Māori tribes and the British Crown- was signed at the nearby town of Waitangi on 6 February 1840.
USEFUL NORTHLAND INFORMATION
Household average yearly income $69,784
Main centres Kerikeri, Paihia, Whangarei