Heritage Trail of Mangonui | A fine walk around the Heritage Precinct of Mangonui township in Far North New Zealand | Site 4


  • At the time these three cottages were built, Beach Road was the link from Mangonui (via Mill Bay) to Coopers Beach.

    WRATHALL COTTAGE, built by Mr. W. Nicholson, has housed three generations of the Wrathall family and remains in their ownership. Stephen Wrathall, arriving in Mangonui during the 1830s, was one of the earliest European settlers in this area.

    PENNEY COTTAGE, which is still a private residence, was in the ownership of the Penney family for 80 years. Edward Penney first came to Mangonui in 1848 as a Police Sergeant with Magistrate W. White.

    BARRETT COTTAGE is a well-preserved cottage whose early history has been lost. This is still a private residence.

Next: Walkers can cross the road here (with extreme caution) to access St Andrew’s Walkway and viewing point- Pas and Harbour Entrance Site 6, viewing point Whakaangi Site 7, St Andrew’s Anglican Church Site 8, and Mangonui School Site 9 overlooking Mangonui. Sailors’ Grave Site 5 can then be viewed after Site 9. Vehicles proceed along Beach Road to Mary Hassett Street and turn left. Sailors’ Grave Site 5 is at the top of the hill. Alternatively, take a side diversion around Mill Bay following the blue logo signs.

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