The front of Ruatuna cottage painted yellow with a red roof.

Getting Here


441 Tinopai Road
Tinopai 0593

parking no-smoking


We are located 48 km south of Dargaville, 41km west of Kaiwaka.

By road

From Dargaville, take State Highway 12 towards Ruawai. Turn right onto Twin Coast Discovery Highway/State Highway 12 (signs for Brynderwyn). Turn right onto Matakohe West Road and follow for 2.2kms, then turn right onto Tinopai Road. Ruatuna is 4.4kms down the road on your left.

From Kaiwaka, take State Highway 1 for 7.8kms, then slight left onto Twin Coast Discovery Highway/State Highway 12 (signs for Maungaturoto/Dargaville). After 25.8kms turn left onto Old Racecourse Road, follow for 800m then turn right onto Matakohe E Road. Turn left onto Tinopai Road, Ruatuna will be down the road 4.4kms on your left.

Entry to Ruatuna is through the farm gate onto a shared gravel driveway which takes you up to the historic homestead. Please note this is a working farm so please drive with extra care and close all gates behind you.


There is free parking on-site and you can drop-off or pick-up visitors close to the homestead for easy access. We ask visitors to not park on the grass during winter.

Hours and Entry

Opening Hours

Ruatuna is open by appointment only.


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Ruatuna is a one-storey building with some single steps and uneven surfaces.

Please note wheelchair users may find it difficult to move within the house because of the width of the doorframes and the narrow passages. Our visitor hosts can share the history of Ruatuna with you from the front veranda.

There is a drop-off point at the entrance for visitors with limited mobility.


Food and Drink

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy in our grounds. Please take all food and rubbish with you. There is a local café located at the Kauri Museum which is just a 7-minute drive (6.3km) from Ruatuna.

This is a smoke and vape free site.

Ruatuna farm gate.

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Children and whānau

Both inside and out, there are things for kids to do. Inside you can explore the house can you figure out how the family used to play their music in the parlour? Outside, there is plenty of space to stretch legs.

Please note Ruatuna is a small rural homestead located on a working farm, please ensure children are supervised at all times. 

Things to remember

We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.

Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.

Safe Spaces

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Spaces Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.

A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

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