Tutukaka harbour is an important tourist centre on the coast from Whangarei. Boats go from here to the Poor Knights Islands where some of the best diving in the world can be found. On the other side of the viewpoint is Ngunguru with the Sandspit, home to rare birdlife.
Auckland is the commercial capital of New Zealand but anything to the North can be considered "Northland". Preferred destination for tourists and workers alike when surf, sand, diving and fishing is involved. It has a solid rural base of Dary, Beef and Sheep as well as horticulture and wineyards. Whangarei is the regional city on the way up to Cape Reinga at the northernmost tip of the island.