Take a look at ancient kauri wood items displayed at the Matakohe Kauri Museum. The items are made from kauri wood and gum, displays aspects of kauri bush people and lots of photographic exhibitions.
Museum open from 9 - 5.30pm (5pm in winter). Entry fees required $6 adults, $2 childnre.
The shop at the museum also displays lots of items made from kauri. There is another shop close by in the area which sells ancient kauri products. Items made from 'swamp' kauri means that it is made from ancient kauri which were found in swamps (were in swamps for thousands of years).
Drive along Baylys Beach on the 100km long Ripino Ocean Beach, a gazetted highway about 15 minutes from Dargaville. It feels weird and strange, to have no boundaries except the sea on one side and sand dunes on the other.
Just be careful of other drivers as they could skid if they lose control of their cars. Also, be careful about the tides as it is advisable to drive only during the low tides/when tide is going out.
State Highway 12, Dargaville, NZ
On our journey back from the Bay of Islands we decided to travel back to Auckland via the Kauri Coast. Wary and tired we stopped in at a very deserted Dargaville and stopped for dinner.
There were about two Chinese Takeway restaurants open down the main street.
The food was good and the restaurant was quiet and very relaxing.
Dont' forget to take a 15 minute detour to Baylys Beach, especially if it's close to sunset. Situated on the western coast or the kauri coast. it has spectacular sunsets.
If the tides are low, you can take your vehicle onto the beach for a joy ride. Just be careful of other drivers, and of people strolling on the beach.