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Whangara (Māori)
Whangara is located in New Zealand
Location in New Zealand
Coordinates: 38°34′14″S 178°13′45″E / 38.57056°S 178.22917°E / -38.57056; 178.22917Coordinates: 38°34′14″S 178°13′45″E / 38.57056°S 178.22917°E / -38.57056; 178.22917
Country New Zealand
Region Gisborne Region
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code(s) 06

Whangara is a small community in the northeast of New Zealand's North Island.

Located between Gisborne and Tolaga Bay, five kilometres southwest of Gable End Foreland and 2 km east of State Highway 35, it features prominently in the early history of the Ngāti Porou iwi.[1]

Whangara was the location and setting for the successful New Zealand novel (by Witi Ihimaera) and film Whale Rider.[2]

View overlooking Whangara


  1. ^ Chapter 1: Mohena Kohere's antecedents, in The Story of a Maori Chief, by Reweti T. Kohere. Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd, 1949. Part of the New Zealand Texts Collection, New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, Victoria University. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  2. ^ Sheila Johnston. Riding the crest of the whale, telegraph.co.uk, 5 July 2003. Retrieved 27 November 2009.

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