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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Northland > Kauri Coast > Dargaville


Dargaville’s not a place for adrenalin junkies, as one resident put it, but this rural service town does make a good base for exploring the surrounding region. It’s the gateway to Waipoua Forest, home of Tane Mahuta (the Lord of the Forest), the largest tree in New Zealand. It’s also close to Baylys Beach, on the 100km-long drivable Ripiro Beach, and the dune lakes of Kai Iwi.

And of course, Dargaville has the distinction of being the kumara capital of New Zealand.

Practical information

Kauri Coast Information Centre

4 Murdoch Street (SH 12), Dargaville
Tel (09) 439 8360
Website www.kauriinfocentre.co.nz
Open 9am-5pm daily

Coming & going

InterCity (tel (09) 623 1503) coaches stop at the AD Focus Carpark at the corner of Kapia and Totara Streets.

Hostel accommodation

Dargaville Holiday Park

10 Onslow Street, Dargaville
Tel (09) 439 8296

Greenhouse Backpackers

13 Portland Street, Dargaville
Tel (09) 439 6342

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