The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
Kaitaia is situated in Mongonui County, and is one of the chief distributing and trading centres of the gumfields. It lies 213 miles north of Auckland, with which it has postal communication twice a week, and it has also a full telegraphic service. The township of Kaitaia is prettily situated, and has a population of about 130. It has an agricultural hall and grounds, a school, hotel, and temperance hotel. The district is pastoral and agricultural, and the township is five miles from the port and ten miles from Ahipara Bay on the west coast, between which and Mongonui lies Lake Tangonge.