Visit Dargaville, Northland, NZ

  • Dargaville is situated on the banks of the Northern Wairoa River, which flows into the Kaipara Harbour, the biggest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Dargaville has a rich history associated with shipping kauri timber and kauri gum. Galleries, craft shops and museums are among the attractions in the town. Other museums and ecological preserves are a short drive away.

    Dargaville has an aerodrome and par 71 golf course. Fishing can be enjoyed in the river and harbour or in the surf at beaches. Horse trek, surfing, fishing and hunting activities are available.

    Dargaville (NZ) Accommodation

    Dargaville has a range of accommodation options to choose from, including  luxury & budget accommodation. There are hotels, motels, lodges, apartments and holiday homes, motor camps, holiday parks and backpackers.

    Dargaville Tourist Activities

    Dargaville, known as “the gateway to the Kauri Coast”, was founded by Yugoslavs in the 1870s. The story can be explored at the Dargaville Museum. An important source of trade and shipping was kauri timber and fossilized gum, used in jewellery. Kauri and gum crafts can be purchased in the town. The renowned Matakohe Kauri Museum, 40 Km south of Dargaville, is worth a visit. The Kaipara Vintage Machinery Club hold open days.

    Tane Mahuta, the worlds largest Kauri tree can be found in the Waipoua Forest 54kms North of Dargaville

    Ecological forest tours of Trounson Kauri Park, 40 Km north of Dargaville, are available. The park is a preserve of ancient kauri and affords to chance to see native bird and insect life and giant trees.

    A short distance from the town are beaches, where surfing, fishing and swimming can be enjoyed. Horse treks along the beach are available.

    The Kai Iwi Lakes, 34 Km north of Dargaville are a popular destination for safe camping and swimming holidays.

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