Dargaville from across the river
Dargaville
Dargaville, Northland & Bay of Islands

By James Brackenbury

This interesting feature on Dargaville's landscape is a huge rocky outcrop rising from the count....
Dargaville
Maungaraho Rock, Northland & Bay of Islands

By James Brackenbury

This 107Km long beach near Dargaville is backed by high, golden sand dunes
Dargaville
Ripiro beach, Northland & Bay of Islands

By James Brackenbury

Northern Wairoa River raft race
Dargaville
Rafting, Northland & Bay of Islands

By James Brackenbury

Dargaville

Dargaville is a Northland river town with an interesting history. It is a great jumping off point from which to explore the Kauri Coast.

Dargaville is built along the edge of the wide Northern Wairoa River, two and a half hours drive north-west of Auckland. Maori settlements and marae (meeting places) have been scattered around the area for hundreds of years.

The township of Dargaville was established by Irish businessman Joseph McMullen Dargaville in the 1870s, during the heyday of kauri felling and gum digging. It was largely settled by Dalamatian immigrants, whose descendants still live there today. Dairy Farmingg is the main local industry; the district also produces around two thirds of New Zealand’s kumara (sweet potato) crop.

The town is proud of its heritage, having re-employed many of its 19th century buildings – you’ll find cafes, art shops and other interesting retail opportunities. Dargaville's hotels and motels, backpackers and motor camps stand alongside tributes to the past like the Gum-digger Statue.

The Dargaville Museum has an interesting collection of Maori artefacts, shipwreck treasures and gum digging exhibits. At nearby Matakohe, the Kauri Museum honours the historic kauri industry.

Dargaville has grown as a tourist destination in the past two decades, particularly as a base from which to visit the unspoiled recreational paradise of the Kauri Coast. Nearby also lies the Kai Iwi Lakes - great for a freshwater dip - and the ruggedly beautiful Baylys Beach.

Dargaville has a small Airport and is within easy reach of Whangarei's larger air terminal. The town is also serviced by two major bus services providing daily travel to Auckland.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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Awakino Point Boutique Motel - Accommodation in Awakino Point New Zealand
8.60 35 Reviews
Awakino Point
094397870
FREE BREAKFAST and FREE WI FI. Unique little motel set on own acreage surrounded by attractive gardens & farmland. Self contained 1 & 2 bedroom units. Located 2km along SH 14 Just 2 minutes drive from town. Follow the Whangarei signs ( Easy to find ) Set well back from the main highway. We... (more)
Baylys Beach Holiday Park - Accommodation in Dargaville New Zealand
9.00 60 Reviews
Dargaville
0800229597
60 tent and power sites, 7 cabins sleep 2-6, 2 ensuite cabins with tea/coffee making facilities, 4 fully self-contained units sleep 2-5; 2x3brm fully self-contained cottages sleep 7.Park amenities include communal kitchen with fridge, dining room, shower/toilet facilities, laundry, linen h... (more)
Dargaville Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Dargaville New Zealand
7.60 9 Reviews
Dargaville
0800114441
Offering a hot tub, a BBQ area and a communal kitchen, Dargaville Holiday Park is located in Dargaville. Guests enjoy 1 hour of free WiFi.All accommodation offers a dining setting, a refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Some accommodation has a fully equipped kitchen.At Dargavill... (more)
Dargaville Motel - Accommodation in Dargaville New Zealand
7.40 8 Reviews
Dargaville
0800466835
Welcome to Dargaville - enjoy the rural and river views from one of our 9 sparkling clean, well presented studio units situated beside a reserve on the edge of town. Our units each have a kitchenette and their own bathroom and can sleep up to four. We have WiFi, are close to supermarkets.... (more)
Hobson's Choice Motel - Accommodation in Dargaville New Zealand
7.70 67 Reviews
Dargaville
0800158786
Just 400 metres from the Northern Wairoa River, Hobson's Choice Motel offers studios and apartments with a kitchenette and outdoor patio. Surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, it has an outdoor swimming pool and free parking.Equipped with a fan, all studios and apartments have a satellite TV... (more)
Motel Hobson's Choice - Accommodation in Dargaville New Zealand
Dargaville
0800158786
The only choice for the best quality accommodation on the Kauri Coast. With 21 new and refurbished, serviced units, Motel Hobson's Choice offers weary travellers a warm and comforting welcome. Units range from standard studios to luxurious 1-bedroom spa bath units, plus 2-bedroom family su... (more)
Northern Wairoa Hotel - Accommodation in Dargaville New Zealand
8.50 7 Reviews
Dargaville
094398923
Step back in time when you stay in this historic hotel, built in 1918. Centrally located within easy walk of all amenities. 32 upstairs rooms, some with ensuites, some with baths. Single and double rooms available. TV and phone available in facility rooms. TV lounge, tea/coffee-making faci... (more)
Parkview Motel - Accommodation in Dargaville New Zealand
7.30 95 Reviews
Dargaville
0800894165
Parkview Motel is located in Dargaville in Northland. Guests can choose from 16 ground floor studio and 1&2brm units.Dargaville is known for having one of the longest stretches of beach in the country. It is also frequently used as a base to visit the Waipoua Forest which is home to Tane M... (more)
Sunset View Lodge - Accommodation in Baylys Beach New Zealand
8.90 60 Reviews
Baylys Beach, Baylys Beach
094394342
Sunset View Lodge is located at Baylys Beach, Northland New Zealand and is situated on the highest point at Baylys Beach with wide panoramic views over the Tasman Sea. You can watch the surf roll in during the day and be awe struck at the amazing sunsets in the evening. Then drift off to s... (more)
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