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Dargaville Area Guide

Dargaville is a small town which acts as the central urban focal point of the Kauri Coast region. It sits among the hills at a large bend in the Wairoa River.

A former frontier timber town, it now lives off a combination of tourism and a strong agricultural industry.

Those who value urban infrastructure mixed with rural access will appreciate Dargaville as a base for exploring the wider Kauri Coast. And for visitors, one particular benefit of the riverside location are boat tours down to the Kaipara Harbour.


Central Hotel Dargaville

Basic accommodation in the center of Dargaville. Hotel has its own bars serving typical counter meals, plus a dining room menu.

Computer Worx

Computing services centre with its own Internet cafe. Located on Gladstone Street in Dargaville.

Dargaville Medical Centre

Family medical and nursing services, including free and for-fee consultations.

Dargaville Museum

Features an eclectic mixture of exhibits covering such topics or displays as gumdigging, nautical life, Maori artefacts, a model railway, relics from shipwrecks and more. Offers guided tours and has a shop. The wider park has some camping sites and a picnic area.

Hog Snort Oasis

Centrally located in Dargaville itself. An open plan center with three bedrooms and own entertainment area (kitchen, bar, hot tub, pool table and darts).

Huckleberry Cottage

Two-bedroom modern cottage a short drive outside of Dargaville.

Parkview Motel

Located close to the centre of Dargaville, the motel has 16 self-contained one- and two-bedroom units, each with kitchen facilities. Motel amenities include a heated swimming pool, hot tub, barbecue, laundry and play areas for the kids.

The Kauri Bowl Gallery

A collection of Kauri wood products -- particularly bowls -- for sale and display. Artist and woodturner Greg Brownie also does commission work and offers tuition services. Based in the east side of Dargaville.

The Woodturner's Studio & Gallery

Runs workshops and tuition in the art of woodturning. Both woodturning tools and the pieces and art crafted by the woodturner are available for viewing and purchase. Rick Taylor, the resident artist and craftsman uses ancient Kauri timber to produce his works. Located in the centre of Dargaville.

Zizania Paper Products

A Dargaville papermaking mill, where paper is handmade using locally-harvested Manchurian Wild Rice. You can tour the mill or visit the gift shop selling stationery, cards and other arts and crafts.