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Dargaville Township. Destination Northland
Dargaville Township. Destination Northland
Aerial View of The Wairora River in Dargaville
Aerial View of The Wairora River in Dargaville
Aratapu Library Building, the Dargaville Museum
Aratapu Library Building, the Dargaville Museum
Boats Moored on River. Destination Northland
Boats Moored on River. Destination Northland
The Dargaville Welcome Sign. Photo by Alfredo
The Dargaville Welcome Sign. Photo by Alfredo
Fishing near Dargaville. Destination Northland
Fishing near Dargaville. Destination Northland
Aerial View Over of the Dargaville Museum
Aerial View Over of the Dargaville Museum
Maori Hall Exhibit at the Dargaville Museum
Maori Hall Exhibit at the Dargaville Museum

Dargaville Information

Dargaville is a small town located on the Wairoa River in the North island of New Zealand with a population of around 6,000 people. In the Maori language the town is referred to as “Takiwira” and is one of the main regions in New Zealand for growing sweet potato and locals refer to it as the Kumara Capital (Kumara being the name for Potato in Maori).

The town of Dargaville is named after the timber merchant Joseph Dargaville who founded the town for timber trading and in the early 19th century it had New Zealand’s largest population for the local Kauri gum tree that was logged and exported from the area.

Today Dargaville is a hidden tourist gem to discover in New Zealand. Although the town is situated on the Wairoa River, the nearby beach from Dargaville is the longest unbroken stretch of beach in New Zealand being 100 kilometres long and more importantly drivable by four wheel drives for your perfect beachside holiday.

Fishing is the crown jewel in Dargaville’s portfolio of tourist attractions with the beaches and river containing plenty of great fish and seafood for the avid angler. There is a local shellfish known as the toheroa which was once the prized catch in the middle 1950’s however unfortunately due to the exploitation of the species it is today banned to take so please respect the species to ensure its continuation.

For nature lovers another great attraction is the nearby Waipoua National Forest. The forest is recognised, as having some of the Kauri trees left in existence and it is a wildlife paradise filled with an abundant mix of birds and animals native to New Zealand. For Nature lovers this is the place to visit.

Another great place not to visit is the Dargaville Museum in town. The museum gives further insight to the history of the area and is complete with many wonderful exhibits to discover.

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Main Street View of Dargarville Township, New Zealand
Main Street View of Dargarville Township, New Zealand
Inside the Dargaville Museum. Photo Courtesy of Daragville Museum
Inside the Dargaville Museum. Photo Courtesy of Daragville Museum