Whangara is a small Maori community in the northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Located between Gisborne and Tolaga Bay, five kilometres southwest of Gable End Foreland and 2km east of State Highway 35, it was the location (and setting) for the successful New Zealand novel and film Whale Rider. Whangara features prominently in the early history of the Ngâti Porou iwi (tribe).
Whangara Marae is a central part of the beach side community. It is a large marae that is well used for community events.
The marae has two wharenui Whitireia (well known with the eponymous ancestor Paikea atop) and Waho te Rangi. The latter being the smaller of the two.
The dining room is called Te Hokowhitu a Tu.
The marae is administered by Paikea Whitireia Trust.