A vi­brant town steeped in the his­tory of the late 1800s

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Kauka­pakapa has a strong rural heart. It reaches in­land from the Kaipara Har­bour coast­line, and is home to many farm­ing and lifestyle blocks.‘Kauka­pakapa’ is a Maori name mean­ing ‘to swim with much splash­ing’. The town is com­monly known to the lo­cals in its short­ened form “Kaukap’. The area’s pop­u­la­tion is about 3000. The rail­way sig­nals in the mid­dle of the town still spring to life on a reg­u­lar ba­sis as trains laden with goods head north to Whangarei. Next to Kauka­pakapa School is the old li­brary es­tab­lished in 1865 and still go­ing strong. The ad­ja­cent me­mo­rial hall was built in 1890, and the Kauka­pakapa Ho­tel is typ­i­cal of the com­mu­nity pub that once pro­vided ac­com­mo­da­tion to those ar­riv­ing by train. The town has its own vol­un­teer fire brigade, vet, bowl­ing club, play­cen­tre and preschool, pri­mary school petrol sta­tion, lo­cal store and Scout and Cubs groups. The land­mark Kauka­pakapa Angli­can Methodist Church on the in­ter­sec­tion of Kai­hikatea Flat Rd and State High­way 16 is still used. The Sun­day School Hall next the church was built in 1919 and ex­tended in 1955. The grave­yard has been in use since 1864. A me­mo­rial rock was in­stalled in 1960 at this cen­tral in­ter­sec­tion to mark 100 years of set­tle­ment.

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