Mangawhai Museum

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.

Contact Details

P.O.Box 91, Mangawhai , Northland 0540

64- 09- 4314645

Manager : Emma McDermott

Visitor Information

191 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads

7 days a week. 10 am to 4 pm. Christmas Day and Boxing Day Closed. New Years Day and the 2nd January Closed.

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



Function space

Guided tour

Membership club


Public programmes

Reference library



Wheelchair access

Other Facilities

Museum shop with an exciting range of items locally made and NZ made.
-36.114468 174.57498 16 Mangawhai Museum