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Whananaki Footbridge
Whananaki Footbridge
Whananaki is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°30′49″S 174°27′23″E / 35.51361°S 174.45639°E / -35.51361; 174.45639Coordinates: 35°30′49″S 174°27′23″E / 35.51361°S 174.45639°E / -35.51361; 174.45639
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Whangarei District

Whananaki is a locality on the east coast of Northland, New Zealand. Whangarei is to the southwest. Te Wairahi Stream flows from the northwest into Whananaki Inlet, a wide tidal estuary which separates Whananaki from Whananaki South. Sandy Bay lies to the southeast.[1][2] A long wooden footbridge connects Whananaki North and Whananaki South,[3] with an alternative connection being a 6-kilometre-long (3.7 mi) road that crosses the river above the estuary. Hikurangi is about 22 km southwest of Whananaki South.[4]

The area was reputedly named by Puhi, the captain of the legendary waka Mātaatua. Whananaki means "kicking" in the Māori language, and the name arose because mosquitoes caused Puhi to sleep restlessly.[5]

Notable people[edit]


Whananaki School is a coeducational full primary (years 1–8) school with a decile rating of 5 and a roll of 43.[8]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 5. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 25. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "The Long Way Home". 21 January 2005. 
  4. ^ Parkes, W. F. (1992). Guide to Whangarei City and District. p. 42. ISBN 0-473-01639-7. 
  5. ^ "Whāngārei tribes – Ancestors". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  6. ^ Milne, Jonathan (21 August 2005). "Dining with Winston Peters". The New Zealand Herald. 
  7. ^ Tahana, Yvonne (31 December 2007). "New Year Honours: Teacher and politician proud of family and the North". The New Zealand Herald. 
  8. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi – Whananaki School". Ministry of Education.