New Zealand's First Timber Mills at Wairere

Cattel grazing on the flats The first water driven timber mill in New Zealand was built on the river flats at Wairere. Production started in 1845. They soon had to realise that there was not enough water to run the mill in summer. Later the mill from the Heads got shifted to Wairere. 

The location of NZ's first water driven timber mill

Old cottage built with timber of first 
mechanical saw mill of NZ

The reason for this move was the sand that relentlessly bluntened the saw blades at the Heads.

Wairere Boulders


Chapel at Mangungu

Wairere Boulders

Wairere Boulders