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It's a great place to live & play

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

While we might not be your standard tourism destination, Maungatapere has loads of hidden gems to discover and much to see and do.

From the rolling farmland and orchard blocks, outstanding gardens to the native forests atop our maunga, Maungatapere has all the shades of green to explore and discover.


Image thanks to Chris Booth

There are places of interest to visit within the town and wider Mangakahia Valley or you can venture a little further afield to explore the best of Whangārei, the Kaipara, and the Far North.

We’re perfectly located to make it easy to visit your favourite beach – on either coast, or head off to explore the Far North. Our location also makes it an easy commute to get to Whangārei or Dargaville.


There's something for everyone!

Our local shops offer everything from farm supplies to wedding dresses, homebrew beer to fresh produce. And top it off with a great coffee and friendly service.


Our region offers a range of events from poetry nights to drag racing, local markets to garden rambles. Check out our events calendar for what’s on.



If you’re looking for a team to join, hobby or to get fit, see what our Sports & Recreation section has to offer.



Put these on your to-do list


Check out the Packard Museum’s vintage automobiles and machinery, including one of the world’s largest collections of Packard cars. Please note the museum is currently open by appointment only.


If you feel like venturing a little further afield, why not head out to the The Old Parakao Store Café and Bar for great food, locally brewed beer, and lots of old cars and antiques to check out. They host a range of events from poetry nights to drag racing.


If you’re feeling adventurous why not climb Maungatapere Mountain, check out one of our other local walks or visit the Wairua Falls.

Visit one of the many gardens or orchards the area offering magnolias to subtropical delights.



We'd love to know what other hidden gems Maungatapere has to offer. Let us know.



Images thanks to Jacqui Stewart


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