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Taumarere is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°21′5″S 174°5′21″E / 35.35139°S 174.08917°E / -35.35139; 174.08917Coordinates: 35°21′5″S 174°5′21″E / 35.35139°S 174.08917°E / -35.35139; 174.08917
CountryNew Zealand
RegionNorthland Region
DistrictFar North District

Taumarere is a locality in the Bay of Islands in Northland, New Zealand. State Highway 11 runs through the area. The Kawakawa River runs through Taumarere into the Bay of Islands. The town of Kawakawa is 3 km to the southwest. Paihia is 14 km to the north.[1][2]


Taumarere was at the head of navigable tidal water on the Kawakawa River and a natural landing place, so a township developed here. It would likely have become the main town in the area,[3] but after coal was discovered at Kawakawa in 1864, a new town developed there, becoming more important than Taumarere.[4]

A bush tramway line opened between Kawakaka and Taumarere wharf on 2 March 1868 to carry coal for export. It was built to the international 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge and motive power was provided by horses that hauled wagons along wooden rails. It was converted into a metal railway in 1870. In 1875, the government purchased the line and converted it to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge two years later. The line was extended to Opua in 1884 and called the Opua Branch. In 1925, it became part of the North Auckland Line.[5] This line has since become a part of the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway, a tourist-oriented heritage railway.

St. Andrew's Church originally stood on the site of the Church Missionary Society's Paihia Mission Station.[6] In 1927 the building was transported by barge and bullock waggon to its present site.[7]


Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Taumarere is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 1 and a roll of 49.[8] It is a Kura Kaupapa Māori school which teaches fully in the Māori language. The school was largely destroyed in an arson attack on 23 March 2008.[9]


  1. ^ Dowling, Peter (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 5. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.
  2. ^ Smith, Roger, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. maps 24. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  3. ^ "The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway". Beez Neez. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  4. ^ Davis, Johnson (16 October 2018). "Letters: Bay of Islands Vintage Steam Railway celebrates 150 years". Northland Age. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. ^ Bromby, Robin (2003). Rails That Built a Nation. Wellington: Grantham House. 17.
  6. ^ "St Paul's Anglican Church, Paihia, Bay of Islands".
  7. ^ "St. Andrew's, Taumarere, Northland". Don Donovan.
  8. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi". Ministry of Education.
  9. ^ "School fire deliberately lit". The New Zealand Herald. 23 March 2008.