The Dargaville Museum is situated in Harding Park overlooking the town with magnificent views of Toka Toka Peak, Maungaraho Rock and the Northern Wairoa River. Harding Park is also the home to the Kaipara Vintage Tractor & Machinery Museum and historic Po Tu Te Rangi Pa site. New addition is our relica gum diggers camp
As shipping was the main mode of transport in the area until the 1940s, the Dargaville Museum tells the maritime history of the river and has an absorbing display of shipwrecks and relics released from the wild West Coast.
Exhibits range from the unique 16 metre long pre European hand adzed Maori canoe to the masts of the bombed Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior. Our Pioneer history is also told along with a fascinating insight into the life of the Dalmatian Gumdigger complete with lifelike model and operational gum washing machine.
The passions of the avid collector is satisfied with the extensive displays in our Collections Hall ranging from birds eggs to boomerangs, transport models to dolls from around the world. The fully restored Aratapu Library, built in 1874, houses the musical history of the district, the focal point being the extensive Kevin Friedrich collection of piano accordions.
P.O. Box 166 Dargaville 0340
09 439 7555
32 Mt Wesley Coast Road Dargaville
Summer 9am-5pm (closed Christmas Day) Winter 9am-4pm
Adult $15 Seniors $12 Groups over 10 $10 School children $2 Family (2 adults & children) $32 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.
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