The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
Dargaville, named after its founder, the late Mr. J. M. Dargaville, is a pretty and prosperous township on the Wairoa, about 104 miles from Auckland. It is the terminus of the Helensville steamers, the upper reaches of the river being plied by smaller boats. It is also the central station of the Kaihu Valley railway, and owing to its unique position, almost in the centre of the county, and its being the converging centre for the main roads, it must soon become a town of considerable importance. Dargaville possesses a county wharf and a railway wharf, a post and telegraph office, a branch of the National Bank, an Anglican Church, a public school, Magistrate's Court, police station, railway station, a Masonic and two other halls, a library, two commodious hotels, besides boarding-houses, numerous stores, and other adjuncts characteristic of a rising township. Travellers remaining overnight in Dargaville may resume their journey, either by train up the valley, or by steamer up the river as far as Tangiteroria, and will pass, en route, several prosperous homesteads and two sawmills.