Totara North is a heritage settlement without an official designation making the visit either an opportunity to view the past before it deteriorates or before the area becomes a tourist magnet. A short history of the area with its massive abandoned boat building yard and quirky museums explains the enduring fascination with the visible records of the past slowly returning to the landscape that created them. Totara North is a small settlement on the northern side of Whangaroa Harbour. Commercial fisheries operate from the small marina as well as numerous private boats for fishing enthusiasts.
Totara North local Bruce Sanderson is preserving history with a self funded museum. Te Mama is described by NZPlaces as, “a museum to rival Te Papa. Totara North Gum Store Bar and Grill has memorabilia worth checking out, especially the location of slightly dusty photographs
Read more about Totara North in What’s so great about Totara North.
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