On the shores of the Hokianga Harbour, Māngungu was established as a Wesleyan mission station in 1828 on the invitation of the emerging Māori leader Patuone. The simple mission building was constructed in 1839 for the Reverend Nathaniel Turner. The peaceful scene you can see today contrasts with the often turbulent history of the area.
On 12 February 1840 it became the scene of the largest Treaty of Waitangi signing, with more than 70 chiefs gathering at Māngungu to add their signatures before a crowd of 3,000 people.
Later that year, the Reverend John Hobbs and his family moved into the mission house. Hobbs had drawn the plans for the house as a single-storey structure in a Georgian style and specified that it should be built from local kauri. He personally supervised its construction.
Around this time, honey bees were introduced at Māngungu, making an important contribution to the success of early pastoral farming in New Zealand.
The Hobbs family left Māngungu for Auckland in 1855 and the house was moved to Onehunga, where it was used as a Methodist parsonage until it was sold to private owners.
The mission house was transported back to Māngungu in the 1970s, where you can see it today.