Far North District

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Coordinates: 35°13′30″S 173°30′18″E / 35.225°S 173.505°E / -35.225; 173.505

Far North District
Far North Territorial Authority.PNG
CountryNew Zealand
RegionNorthland Region
 • MayorJohn Carter
 • Total7,323.86 km2 (2,827.76 sq mi)
 (June 2021)[1]
 • Total72,600
 • Density9.9/km2 (26/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s)09

The Far North District is the northernmost territorial authority district of New Zealand, consisting of the northern part of the Northland Peninsula in the North Island. It stretches from North Cape and Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua in the north, down to the Bay of Islands, the Hokianga and the town of Kaikohe.

The Far North District Council is based in Kaikohe, and has nine ward councillors representing three wards: Te Hiku (in the north), Kaikohe/Hokianga (in the west), Bay of Islands/Whangaroa (in the east).[2] The council is led by the current mayor of Far North, John Carter, who entered the role in 2013.[3]


The Far North, while generally a pleasant climate, can also be affected by the sometimes stormy maritime weather of the country, especially at places like Cape Reinga.

The Far North District is the largest of three territorial authorities making up the Northland Region. The district stretches from the capes and bays at the northern tip of the Aupouri Peninsula past Ninety Mile Beach to the main body of the Northland Peninsula, where it encompasses the Parengarenga Harbour, Whangaroa Harbour and Bay of Islands (on the east coast) and Hokianga (on the west coast).

It borders on the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, which are the other two territorial authorities in the Northland Region.


The district has 72,600 people (June 2021),[1] of whom 40 percent are Māori.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [4]

The Far North District had a population of 65,250 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 9,516 people (17.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 9,405 people (16.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 22,761 households. There were 32,595 males and 32,655 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.0 males per female. Of the total population, 14,079 people (21.6%) were aged up to 15 years, 10,353 (15.9%) were 15 to 29, 28,191 (43.2%) were 30 to 64, and 12,624 (19.3%) were 65 or older. Figures may not add up to the total due to rounding.

Ethnicities were 64.2% European/Pākehā, 48.3% Māori, 4.8% Pacific peoples, 3.0% Asian, and 1.5% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 14.8, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 45.6% had no religion, 37.7% were Christian, and 8.9% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 6,771 (13.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 10,965 (21.4%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $22,600. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 20,163 (39.4%) people were employed full-time, 7,824 (15.3%) were part-time, and 3,387 (6.6%) were unemployed.[4]

Urban areas and settlements[edit]

The Far North District has eight towns with a population over 1,000. Together they are home to 36.9% of the district's population.[1]

Urban area Population

(June 2021)[1]

% of district
Kerikeri 8,050 11.1%
Kaitaia 6,310 8.7%
Kaikohe 4,820 6.6%
Moerewa 1,860 2.6%
Paihia 1,680 2.3%
Kawakawa 1,610 2.2%
Opua 1,250 1.7%
Haruru 1,220 1.7%

The northernmost town in the district is Kaitaia. There is a cluster of towns on the east coast around the Bay of Islands: Kerikeri, Moerewa, Kawakawa, Paihia, Opua and Russell. Kaikohe is centrally situated to the west of them, and there is a cluster of small settlements on the west coast surrounding the Hokianga Harbour: Ōmāpere, Opononi, Rawene, Panguru, Kohukohu, and Horeke.


  1. ^ a b c d "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  2. ^ "About Far North District Council". fndc.govt.nz. Far North District Council.
  3. ^ de Graaf, Peter (12 October 2019). "Local elections: Carter returned for third term as Far North mayor". Northland Age. Retrieved 17 January 2020 – via The New Zealand Herald.
  4. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Far North District (001). 2018 Census place summary: Far North District

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