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Mangawhai Museum

Te rohe - Location
191 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads

Ngā haora mahi - Opening hours
7 days a week.
10 am to 4 pm.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day Closed.
New Years Day and the 2nd January Closed.

Te utu - Admission
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The Mangawhai district played a crucial role in the north as a hub for river trade, particularly in transporting valuable resources like kauri gum and logs to Auckland.

Shipbuilding activities and the emergence of supporting industries further enhanced the district's significance.

The bustling river served as a transportation and commerce highway until the railway reached nearby Kaiwaka in 1913.

This collection showcases artefacts from both European and Maori settlements, providing insight into how trade shaped the economy and social fabric of the district. It serves as a reminder of our shared heritage and helps us understand our present-day community.

Ngā momo kohinga -
Collection Strengths

Archives and manuscripts


  • Oral history


  • Documentary photography

Social history

Ngā wāhi -

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    Education programme

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    Public programmes

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    Membership club

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    Touring exhibitions

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    High resolution images available for order

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    Wheelchair access

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    Function space

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  • Other facilities

    Museum Shop: Discover the hidden treasures of New Zealand's creativity at our museum shop, where local artisans showcase their exquisite crafts and unique creations.

Whakapā mai -

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    Postal address

    P.O.Box 91, Mangawhai, Northland 0540

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    Phone number

    +64 09 4314645

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    Staff details

    Donating Items: please email

Kei te mahere -
On the map

Tūhuratia te kohinga -
Explore collection