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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
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Far North District

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

St. Andrew's Church originally stood on the site of the Church Missionary Society's Paihia Mission Station.[3] In 1927 the building was transported by barge and bullock waggon to its present site.[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.


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.[6] 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.[7]


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