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Activities  -     lots to see, do and visit and enjoy during your stay on the Kauri Coast

Stay more than 1 night - there is lots to see and do........... as some of the tours operate "on demand"

It is essential to book - just phone us here at the Dargaville & Kauri Coast Visitor Information Centre and we will do the organising for you.   09 439 4975  or email us kauriinfo@xtra.co.nz


Number 1

Kumara Show



Kumara or sweet potato

Exciting 1 hour show which includes; exploring a kumara pit, see bulk kumara in storage, learn about the past and present curing methods. See one of  NZ's  largest greenstone carvings, watch a DVD of Ernie's kumara secrets and highlights of the Kaipara, visit the weta cave, the 9 seater chapel and much more............. 

The newly opened Searle Family Marine Collection can be viewed - $10 per person



Times to suit - book with the Visitor Information Centre, Dargaville

Ph 09 439 4975 or email


Individual or group bookings

only $20 per person

morning/afternoon tea or lunch can also be arranged.

 Kaipara Lighthouse Tour ex Baylys Beach

3 -4 hour trip along Ripiro Beach to the lighthouse traveling in 4 wheel drive vehicle




Amazing sea scapes, sand dunes and place of many ship wrecks. $110 per person

Ph 09 439 4975 to book

Bookings essential and subject to suitable tides and weather

Number 2    -   we are happy to report that a tour is now available again to the Pouto -Kaipara Lighthouse  -  but bookings essential.  Tour departs near Pouto Point - which is approx 1 hour 15 minutes drive south of Dargaville - 67 ks with the last 20 ks being gravel road.

Poutu Lighthouse Tour


Trip from Pouto along the beach and up the sand dunes to the Kaipara Lighthouse - approx 1 hour guided tour.

only $65 person - minimum of $130 per tour

bookings essential - subject to tides and minimum number of guests


Ph 09 439 4975  kauriinfo@xtra.co.nz


Number 3

Woodturning tuition with Rick Taylor



yes - girls can wood turn just as well!

Individual wood turning tuition - individual tuition  ie just you and Rick.

Wood turning tuition - one day or longer.

all levels covered - start a new hobby or gain more knowledge from a master wood turner  - Rick Taylor

Rick has his own gallery/studio in Dargaville and offer tuition to adult students.

Winter special price 1st June to 31st August contact us.

Book at the Visitor Information Centre

Ph 09 439 4975 or kauriinfo@xtra.co.nz

or contact Rick Taylor direct:

Ph 09 439 4975 or kauri4u@xtra.co.nz



Number 4

Horse Riding Warkworth                            

1 hour north of Auckland plus 5 minutes from Warkworth. Scenic Farm and Forest rides. Enjoy safe horse and pony rides for all ages.  Suit beginners to experienced riders. 1 hour, 2 hour or times to suit. Also farm stay and riding holidays for students.

Bookings required


Book at the Visitor Information Centre Dargaville    Ph 09 439 4975

email:   kauriinfo@xtra.co.nz



Number 5

Kaipara Vintage Machinery Club,

Harding Park, Dargaville

lots of old machinery - great place to spend a hour or two then visit the Dargaville Museum which is adjacent


bookings not required


Number 6

Dargaville Museum

Situated at Harding Park overlooking the Dargaville township. See the Rainbow Warrior masts, pre European Maori canoe, collections hall, impressive kauri gum diggers exhibition hall with operational gum washing plant. Relics from French warship L'Alcemene wrecked 1851 and other shipwrecks recovered from the coast. Vintage Machinery Club adjacent.

Guided museum tours, lunches morning and afternoon teas for groups can be  provided. Groups need to book.

Harding Park Dargaville

Ph 09 439 7555


Number 7

The Kauri Museum, Matakohe


Discover the mighty Kauri Tree, its timber and its gum, and pioneering settlers in New Zealand. Outstanding displays, real exhibits, original early photos and fascinating stories await you. Easy to spend 2 hours or more exploring the museum.

 Accommodation  and food close by.

Pick up a 10 % discount voucher from the Visitor Info Centre, Dargaville




Dargaville Rail Adventure

two tours operating now.

2 1/2 tour or full day tour to Waiotira




self driving golf carts - seating up to 4 adults

2 1/2 hour tour ex Dargaville - covers 28 kilometers over the return journey

 departure time 11am (other times by arrangement for groups)

$65 gold card holders

$80 adult

shared cart of 4 adults $70 per person

$40 children 6 - 16 years accompanied by an adult. Under 6 years of age free.

AND - full day trip to Waiotira and return $180 per person and not suitable for children

Group rates available

bookings essential and the driver must have a valid driving license

contact the Visitor Information Centre

09 439 4975

email kauriinfo@xtra.co.nz

Number 8

Footprints Waipoua - Twilight Encounter

Join the maori guide on what Lonely Planet code green describes as an experience of a lifetime

Booking essential.

$95 per adult and $35 child.

Departs from the Copthorne Hokianga at 6pm returning at approx 10pm (during daylight savings) and 5pm back 9pm outside daylight savings

email  kauriinfo@xtra.co.nz

Visitor Information Centre Dargaville & Kauri Coast.     Ph 09 439 4975


Number 9

Dargaville - Historic River Cruise on the "Daisy"




90 minute cruise on the mighty Northern Wairoa River - learn some of the history of the kauri timber milling days, the sailing ships, the stories of the past.

Flat bottom, 12metres in length and built only 5 years ago.

see "river" page for more photos

Get a group together - minimum number of guests 6 - maximum 20.

Longer cruises available and can be designed to suit your needs ie birthday party, anniversary, company function etc.

Times and dates to suit your requirements.

$30  per person, Golden age $28 and children $15 (group discounts available)

6 minimum and maximum of 20 passengers.

 contact Visitor Information Centre, Dargaville


Ph 64 + 9   439 4975


number 10

Explore NZ - beach, boat tours 





Based in Paihia, Bay of Islands.

Spend the day on Urupukapuka Island.

Day trip from Paihia to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach.

Dolphin Discoveries - the Ultimate Bay of Islands Experience.

On the Edge - Day Sail in the Bay  


Bookings and more information available from the

Dargaville Visitor Information Centre, 09 439 4975

email: kauriinfo@xtra.co.nz

plan ahead and book your tour before your arrival in the Bay of Islands and then you wont miss out on these special experiences.

Pick up a 10% discount voucher from the Dargaville Visitor Information Centre.

email: kauriinfo@xtra.co.nz

ph 09 439 4975