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Tangowahine is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°52′6″S 173°55′58″E / 35.86833°S 173.93278°E / -35.86833; 173.93278
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Kaipara District

Tangowahine is a community on the northern Kaipara Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. The Tangowahine Stream flows from the Tutumoe Range east and then south to join the Wairoa River at Tangowahine. State Highway 14 passes through Tangowahine. Dargaville is 12 km to the south west, and Tangiteroria is 15 km north east.[1][2]


A bridge was built over the Tangowahine River in 1893-95, to allow a road from Dargaville to Tangiteroria to be completed.[3]

Tangowahine was a mill town for the kahikatea and kauri timber trade. Robert Gibbon's mill was built around 1900 and included electric lighting. Steamers loaded timber at the town's two wharves. The S.S. Matarere ran a passenger service. The population was 402 in about 1910.[4] The mill was rebuilt after a fire in 1916, and closed in 1931.[5] Gum-diggers also operated in the area in the early 20th century.[6]

From January 1931, Tangowahine was the terminus for the railway line. In 1940, the line was extended to Dargaville.[7]


Tangowahine School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 46.[8]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 7. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 26. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ Ryburn, Wayne (1999). Tall Spars, Steamers & Gum. p. 93. ISBN 0-473-06176-7. 
  4. ^ Bradley, Edgar Kelsby (1982). The Great Northern Wairoa. p. 119. 
  5. ^ Ryburn, p 116, 166, 173, 199
  6. ^ Ryburn, p 203
  7. ^ Ryburn, p 166, 186
  8. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Tangowahine School". Ministry of Education. 

Coordinates: 35°52′06″S 173°55′58″E / 35.86833°S 173.93278°E / -35.86833; 173.93278