Heritage Trail of Mangonui | A fine walk around the Heritage Precinct of Mangonui township in Far North New Zealand | Site 1
This is the second of two courthouses built in Mangonui. The first, constructed in 1850, also served as a customs house and bond store but had become too small. The present building functioned as a courthouse until 1948 when court proceedings moved to Kaitaia; then as a police station from 1949 to 1976. Its future became uncertain, and concerned local residents formed the Mangonui Courthouse Preservation Society. Funds were raised for restoration, and much of the work was carried out by local volunteers. In 1980, the property was gazetted as a historic reserve. It is currently administered by the Department of Conservation in conjunction with the Mangonui Courthouse Preservation Society. The building is open as a craft co-operative seven days a week. Please feel free to go inside.
Next: Walk north-west on Waterfront Drive to Wharf Store.