Dargaville Visitor information
Kauri Coast & Hokianga The Twin Coast Discovery Highway
Turn left at Brynderwyn for the Kauri Coast & Hokianga and wind your way around the shores of the mighty Kaipara Harbour to the famous The Kauri Museum at Matakohe. Just after the riverside town of Dargaville, take a left turn to Baylys Beach for your first encounter with the wild Tasman Sea.
Enjoy a freshwater dip in the nearby Kai Iwi Lakes, and then disappear into the deep green of the Waipoua Forest – home to Tane Mahuta, the largest Kauri tree in the world (over 2000 year's old!). As you exit the forest, the touring route climbs steeply to suddenly reveal the majestic beauty of the historic Hokianga Harbour.
Turn LEFT at Brynderwyn on to SH12 and visit
The Kauri Museum Matakohe
The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating gum and pioneering past. The Kauri tree is the focal point and theme of this museum, showing the different stages of how this giant wonder fueled industries that sustained communities of the early settlers. The Museum has over 4,500 sq mtrs of undercover attraction, and is a 'Must See'! Visit our heritage Museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest. Visitor Information Centre on site with main focus on the western route of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and Northland. Disabled friendly, lots of free parking spaces available, accommodation and cafes nearby. Location: 5 Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand 0593 Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Open every day except Christmas Day)
New Zealand’s Kumara Capital
a must do in Northland
The Kumara Box check out Ernie’s live Kumara show just 10 minutes drive from Dargaville .
This amazing family farm is headed by Warren Suckling otherwise known locally as ‘Ernie the kumara king’.
The tour starts in what was a kumara storage shed, today it is full of memorabilia collected by Ernie over the years from the regions past.Here Ernie tells stories of the farming history of the Kumara and also the region that you are visiting.
Ernie then takes you for a drive around his extensive kumara farm on his tractor powered train with carriages that have been fashioned from oil drums painted with matching colours of his kumara crops. On the tour you pass local collections of his memorabilia and some of his unique creations and you visit New Zealand’s smallest church.
Following the tour you have option of morning /afternoon tea and tasting some of Warrens wife’s home cooking using kumara as an ingredient.
This is an interesting fun trip for all ages with a lot of laughs. So book now and join ‘Ernie’ for Entertainment and Adventure at The Kumara Box
Bookings are essential Phone: 09 439 7018
Simply the best home cooking you will find is prepared by the bubbly Jo and her friendly staff
138 Victoria Street (opposite Count Down and corner Gladstone Street)
A special treat was seeing a giant Kauri snail - night stalkers and carnivorous.
We went back into the forest during the day by ourselves which was another experience, but made all the richer for having walked the Footprints the night before."
The spiritual environment of the Waipoua Forest provides a natural stage for an unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world.
'Step into our World' and let our local guides take you on a memorable journey through nature's stages of evolution, whilst providing a mythological and interactive interpretation of life in the forest.