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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]


Matakohe, about eighty-seven miles north of Auckland, on a branch stream from the Otamatea river, is an old Nonconformist settlement, founded about 1862. Among its early pioneers were Messrs R. C. Smith—whose sons still reside in the district—Thompson, Rentone, Isbister, and Ovens. The district has a population of about 548 persons, most of whom are engaged in cattle farming, gumdigging, or bush-felling. Matakohe is reached by train to Helensville and thence by steamer. Though shallow and inconvenient for navigation, the harbour, like many northern inlets, presents many pretty sights, and wooded hillsides. Matakohe has a post and telegraph office, two boardinghouses, a church, public school, public library, a hall, stores, and a goods shed.