River­head’s his­tory

Legacy of early in­dus­try

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The old tav­ern, the early set­tlers’ hall, the old kauri gum store and the legacy of early in­dus­try by the wa­ter’s edge all point to an area rich in his­tory at River­head, be­tween Coatesville and Kumeu.

An old jetty from the Ran­gi­top­uni Creek’s edge up to the tav­ern, built in 1876, was used by pa­trons who ar­rived by scow in the early days, and the set­ting of the gar­den bar over­look­ing the wa­ter is still a lovely spot. River­head is at one of the most in­land reaches of the Auck­land Har­bour, and in the days be­fore roads it was an im­por­tant site for a tim­ber mill, a flour mill and a pa­per mill.

The tim­ber mill closed in 1855 and logs from the sur­round­ing forests were floated down­river. From 1856 un­til 1886 a flour mill then op­er­ated from this site, with a state-of-the-art bis­cuit fac­tory added in 1866.

The flour mill was even­tu­ally moved to Fort St in Auck­land. The flour mill be­came a pa­per mill in 1900 and in 1909 it was up­graded to process Scan­di­na­vian wood and pulp us­ing the most so­phis­ti­cated ma­chin­ery in the county. Some of the early cot­tages built for work­ers still ex­ist in River­head. There are a few shops and busi­nesses in the area that are sur­rounded by life­style blocks and or­chards.

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