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About Maungatapere

It is not just the rich soils and beautiful landscapes of Maungatapere that make it such a great place to call home - it is our people and awesome community!


Offering a wonderful village atmosphere, friendly and welcoming locals, and access to great jobs, schools and amenities Maungatapere is where many come to escape the hustle of city life for a better lifestyle.


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With a population of over 6,800 people* ​and growing at a steady rate, Maungatapere is a relaxed, friendly rural community.


We’re an easy 15 minutes west of Whangārei, 40 minutes east of Dargaville, 1-hour south-east of Kaikohe and 2.5 hours from Auckland. Our region encompasses the Mangakahia Valley, Titoki, Parakao, Kokopu and Tangiteroria.  


*According to the 2018 Census data for the Mangakahia-Maungatapere Ward

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Image thanks to Seth Dean

The landscape is dominated by the maunga that gives the village its name, the rounded volcanic peak of Maungatapere, which means ‘meeting place by the mountain’. Whatitiri and Maunu are other prominent maunga nearby. These three small volcanic cones are responsible the rich soils which are some of the most desirable in the country and help create a microclimate that has made the area popular for farming and growing.

Whether you're new to the area or you've lived here for generations, you'll find everything you need from community groups and facilities to great local walks and historic information.

We've also got a local Business Directory, so it doesn't matter if you need a great massage or some farming supplies, we've got you covered.

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