Onerahi is the Seaside Suburb of Whangarei; a peninsula surrounded by water 8 kms from the city centre, along Riverside Drive on the harbour's northern shore. Onerahi's township is on the main road towards Whangarei Heads, leading into the wide range of rural, coastal and marine experiences along Northland's eastern seaboard.
From the commercial airport at Onerahi, the road leads briefly along the ridged backbone of the peninsula through the residential village, before descending on the short stretch into Whangarei City through pastoral scenery backed by lush forest and the extensive marine facilities which make its port such a popular destination for overseas boaties.
Five and a half thousand people call Onerahi home. It is a community of its own, yet close enough to be part of all that Whangarei City provides .The village centre has an array of good shops, a supermarket, library, police station, extensive medical centre, Postshop and Kiwibank, two schools, numerous recreational facilities, parks, and so much more. Residents old and new celebrate the "village friendliness" of a community that includes 25% Maori. The suburb owns a rich heritage as the former port for transit by sea to Auckland. There is an excellent bus service into the city, while the suburb enjoys a safe environment with less air and noise pollution. An active Community Association aims to improve all aspects of the residents' lifestyle.
Local organizations include five churches, Probus, Lions, Friendship Group, Variety Music Group, Garden Club and many more. Sports clubs include tennis, jogging, soccer, rugby, indoor and outdoor bowls, skydiving, war-games, Scottish country dancing, folk dancing and others. There are Cubs, Sea Scouts, and several boating clubs. Golf and croquet are close at hand. Fitness clubs include Walking, Yoga, Tai Chi and Sit Fit, as well as skate-boarding and knitting. We have more than 35 community organizations.
Onerahi is part of Northland which is New Zealand's warmest region. It has a unique sub-tropical climate zone, with warm humid summers and mild winters. Typical summer temperatures range from 22°C to 26°C, and seldom exceeds 30°C. In winter, high temperatures are between 14°C to 17°C. Annual sunshine hours average about 2000 and average rainfall about 1700mm per annum.
Whangarei is the principal town of Te Tai Tokerau Northland. Auckland is 160 kms south by road and the Bay of Islands 70 kms to the north.