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