Whangarei (fong-ar-eye) is the northernmost city in New Zealand, part of the Northland region. The name means "to gather" or, alternatively, "to lie in wait", referring both to the harbor upon which it resides and to the various iwi (tribes) that lived and feuded in the area. The Northland has the mildest climate found in New Zealand, and is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna. It's home to some of the few remaining old growth kauri trees, majestic trees sacred to the Maori. Cindy and I enjoyed six weeks in this area, our penultimate home before leaving New Zealand. We left the Northland for Raglan just before New Zealand went into its second lockdown following a resurgence of Covid cases.