Dargaville & Matakohe

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The Kauri Museum at Matakohe

© The Kauri Museum

Dargaville, the Kumara Capital and Matakohe a charming rural village, are rural towns steeped in history. Kauri logging, gum digging, shipbuilding and shipwrecks are the heritage of this characterful place.


Each year it hosts such events as the Northland Agricultural Field Days, and several major surfcasting and trout-fishing competitions.

Kauri gum and timber products are a speciality of the Kauri Coast and available from several local galleries and craft shops. There's also a specialist paper mill utilizing rice grass from the river.

Explore the history of the North and Kaipara Harbour in Dargaville Museum. Here you will find relics from many of the area's shipwrecks.

Sample the variety of accommodation properties on offer, the cuisine of the local cafés and restaurants using delicacies like tua tua (shellfish), kumara (sweet potato), seafood and fish along with other national fare.

Celebrating Dargaville’s famous Kumara state, check out Ernie’s live Kumara show. Enjoy his unique stories (and some interesting facts about the Kaipara and the Kauri Forest to boot) then take a ride on the kumara train!

Tokatoka Peak (the core of a volcano 180 metres high) is situated just south of Dargaville and is a 20 minute climb. For the more adventurous there is Maungaraho Rock. Allow 30 minutes for the climb to the summit which is 221 metres high.


Matakohe is approximately a 2hr drive north of Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and is a charming rural village with a population of a mere 400 people. Travel along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, then turn left towards Maungaturoto to get to the village that is steeped in history, and a community who will make sure your visit is a truly memorable one.

A highly recommended stop is the famous Kauri Museum at Matakohe. There it is very easy to spend a couple of hours viewing the wonderful displays which portray the history of the Kauri Coast and shopping for great value high-quality souvenirs.

At Matakohe there is also a motor camp and bed and breakfast accommodation with its very own café, open daily.