Heritage Trail of Mangonui | A fine walk around the Heritage Precinct of Mangonui township in Far North New Zealand | Site 22


This building was erected on piles over the waters of Mangonui Harbour in 1907 by Mr. R.T. Wrathall. The store was located adjacent to the old Mangonui Wharf. The old Mangonui Wharf, built in 1877 but later demolished, was the port of call for the Northern Steamship Company’s passenger vessel, the Clansman. The Clansman operated between Auckland and the Far North from 1884 until 1931.

The building housed a dentist’s surgery and a variety of small shops until 1910 when Mr. Alex McKay moved his general store operations here from the Wharf Store across the road. It has retained its function as a general store over the years as well as providing private accommodation.


Either rejoin the beginning of the Heritage Trail by crossing the road to Mangonui Courthouse Site 1,


Visit Butler Point Whaling Museum, 1840s House, and Gardens Site 23. To get there, take State Highway 10 for 6kms south of Mangonui and turn left on Hihi Road. Follow the signs to Butler Point turnoff (6km down Hihi Road on your left at the roundabout).

Butler Point is open strictly by appointment only. Charges may apply. Phone 0800 MUSEUM.

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