Just 11km south-west of Whangarei on State Highway 14, Maungatapere is a small village community located in the heart of Northland’s hill country. The landscape is dominated by a nearby hill, also by the name of Maungatapere, which means 'meeting place by the mountain'.
Historically a dairy farming region, the Maungatapere area remains an important part of Northland’s agricultural industry, with its deep volcanic soils being some of the most desirable in the country.
Maungatapere residents enjoy a relaxed, semi-rural lifestyle, with all the amenities of Whangarei close by. In the Maungatapere area you will find a café and art gallery, excellent primary school (click here for ERO report), a service station, mechanical workshops, tennis club, the Sherwood Park Golf Club, vet clinic, horticultural supply centre and car museum.
Whangarei, just ten minutes’ drive from Maungatapere, boasts a wide range of cafes, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, a weekly market and various attractions.
History of Maungatapere
Maungatapere was first settled by Europeans in 1839, when Thomas Elmsley bought 60,000 acres of land here from local Māori leader Tirarau Kukupa. The following year, together with Henry and Charles Walton, Elmsley brought workers to the area to establish farms.
After the Flagstaff War, Walton employed former soldiers to build stone walls which are still a feature of the area. Walton built a road between Maungatapere and Whangarei in 1858.