The Dargaville Museum Te Whare Taonga o Tunatahi is a Maori, Maritime and Pioneers Museum. It is situated in Harding Park Pou Tu Te Rangi overlooking the town with magnificent views of Dargaville and surrounds including Mt Tutemoe Nothland highest mountain, Toka Toka Peak, Maungaraho Rock and the Northern Wairoa River. Harding Park Poui Tu Te Rangi also includes the museum's replica gum diggers camp and the Rainbow Warriors Masts and the historic Po Tu Te Rangi Pa site.
Shipping was the main mode of transport in the area until the 1940s, the Dargaville Museum tells the Maritime and Industrial history of the Northern Wairoa river and it's communities with absorbing displays of shipwrecks and relics released from the wild Kauri Coast, including a 16 metre hand adzed Maori canoe, the story of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior's bombing and with the clock which stopped when the bomb exploded.
Our Pioneer history is also told along and in the Gumdigger's hall the fascinating insights into the life of the Dalmatian Gumdigger comes complete with a restored Blackstone engine which runs the old gum washing machine plus life-like models scraping gum outside the original and historic Gumdigger's hut.
The passions of the avid collector is satisfied with the extensive displays in our Collector's Collection Hall ranging from birds eggs to thimbles. The fully restored Aratapu Library, built in 1874, now p[art of the museum houses the musical history of the district, the focal point of which is an extensive Accordion collection from around the world and includes the extensive Kevin Friedrich collection.
P.O. Box 166 Dargaville 0340
09 439 7555
Museum Director: Maree Saunders Weekend Manager: Christine Johnstone
32 Mt Wesley Coast Road Dargaville
Summer 9am-5pm (closed Christmas Day) Winter 9am-4pm
Adult $15 Seniors $12 Groups of 10 or over $10 School children $5 Family (2 adults & children) $35 Family – 2 Adults & children $22
Other FacilitiesThe Northern Wairoa Genealogical Society is on site with research facilities.
Museum shop including local crafts and tea & coffee is available along with supplies of Museum and tourist brochures.