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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
Adults: $12.00
Senior/Students: $6.00
Children (under 10 years): $3.00
Families ( 2 adults + up to 4 children): $20.00
Groups of +10: $6.00 per person
School Groups (under 10 years ): $3.00
School Groups (over 10 years): $6.00 Adults $6.00

River trade made the Mangawhai district important to the north, ­ significant cargo of kauri gum and logs left for Auckland from this estuary. Shipbuilding began in the 1830s and continued until the 1900s. Other industries of various kinds then developed to support gum diggers, loggers and later, farmers.

The river was a busy highway until the rail reached nearby Kaiwaka around 1913. This collection comprises artefacts gifted from the folk who lived locally during these times. Items from Maori settlement also feature.

Ngā momo kohinga -
Collection Strengths

Archives and manuscripts

Social history

Ngā wāhi -

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    Reference library

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    Public programmes

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    Guided tours

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    Membership club

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    Wheelchair access

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    Function space

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  • Other facilities

    Museum shop with an exciting range of items locally made and NZ made.

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

    Donations: please email

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