Portland, New Zealand

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Portland is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°48′06″S 174°19′45″E / 35.80167°S 174.32917°E / -35.80167; 174.32917Coordinates: 35°48′06″S 174°19′45″E / 35.80167°S 174.32917°E / -35.80167; 174.32917
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Whangarei District
Population (2006)
 • Total 993
A train stopped on the North Auckland Line in 1923.

Portland is a locality on the western side of Whangarei Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. Whangarei is about 10 km to the north. Tikorangi is a hill to the west with a summit 161 m above sea level.[1][2]

The population of the Otaika-Portland area was 993 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 18 from 2001.[3]

The major industry is Portland Cement, which is New Zealand's largest cement manufacturer.[4] It has a specialised loading dock on the harbour,[5] and quarries Tikorangi for lime.[6]


The Portland Cement Works, which started on Limestone Island in Whangarei Harbour in 1885, moved to Portland in 1916.[7][8] The Cement works is now owned by Golden Bay Cement, a division of Fletcher Building.

Historically, the town had a train station on the North Auckland Line.


Portland School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 2 and a roll of 56.[9]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 7. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 27. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ Quickstats about Portland, New Zealand
  4. ^ "Northland - Industries". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  5. ^ "Northland - Transport links". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  6. ^ Pickmere, Nancy Preece (1986). Whangarei: The Founding Years. p. 65. 
  7. ^ "Whangarei Harbour". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966). 
  8. ^ "Brief History of the Cement Industry in New Zealand". Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand.  This source gives a date of 1918 for the move to Portland.
  9. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Portland School". Ministry of Education.