Aranga, New Zealand

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Aranga is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°44′23″S 173°36′49″E / 35.73972°S 173.61361°E / -35.73972; 173.61361
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Kaipara District

Aranga is a locality in Northland, New Zealand. State Highway 12 passes through it. Omapere is 47 km north west, and Dargaville is 42 km south east. The Waipoua Forest is to the north.[1][2] Maunganui Bluff and the Tasman Sea are to the west, with the small settlement of Aranga Beach lying at the northern end of Ripiro Beach.[3]

Trounson Kauri Park is a 450 ha forest reserve a few km south of Aranga.[4]

Aranga was a centre of the kauri gum industry from 1887[5] until the late 1940s, one of the last gum extraction areas in New Zealand.[6] A flax mill operated at Aranga from 1890 to 1900.[7]


Aranga School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 4[8] and a roll of 29[9] (February 2017). The school celebrated its centennial in 2005.[10]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 6. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 22. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "Dargaville and the Northern Wairoa". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  4. ^ "Trounson Kauri Park". New Zealand Department of Conservation. 
  5. ^ Ryburn, Wayne (1999). Tall Spars, Steamers & Gum. Auckland, N.Z.: Kaipara Publications. pp. 132, 224. ISBN 0-473-06176-7. 
  6. ^ Ryburn, p 203
  7. ^ Ryburn, p 139
  8. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Aranga School
  9. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Aranga School Centennial 2005". Education Gazette New Zealand. 84 (9). 23 May 2005. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. 

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Coordinates: 35°44′23″S 173°36′49″E / 35.73972°S 173.61361°E / -35.73972; 173.61361