Pumphouse Ruins

Miners Point, Dispute Cove, Kawau Island

  • Pumphouse Ruins, Kawau Island. Image courtesy of www.jonynz.com.
    Copyright: Jonty Crane . Taken By: Jonty Crane . Date: 30/01/2016.
  • Pumphouse Ruins, Kawau Island.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Martin Jones. Date: 13/12/2005.
  • Pumphouse Ruins, Kawau Island. CC Licence 2.0 Image courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.
    Copyright: Derryn Beath - Wikimedia Commons. Taken By: Derryn Beath. Date: 20/01/2010.
  • Pumphouse Ruins, Kawau Island. c.1900 Coastal scene showing a pier and Kawau copper mine engine house. PH-NEG-2364. www.aucklandmuseum.com.
    Copyright: No Known Copyright Restrictions. Taken By: Henry Winkelmann Photographer 1860-1931.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Able to Visit
List Number 9 Date Entered 23rd June 1983


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes part of the land described as Lot 3 DP 422931 (Vested on Deposit), North Auckland Land District and part sea bed, Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011. Refer to the extent map tabled at the Heritage New Zealand Board meeting on 30 April 2015.

City/District Council

Auckland Council (Rodney District Council)


Auckland Council

Legal description

Lot 3 DP 422931 (Vested on Deposit), North Auckland Land District and part sea bed, Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011


Additional informationopen/close

Construction Dates

1844 -
Mine opened

Original Construction
1847 -
Construction - Engine house (timber)

Partial Demolition
1855 -
Engine and pumps removed

Partial Demolition
1901 -
Roof removed

Partial Demolition
1968 -
Partial demolition

Partial Demolition
Increasing loss and deterioration of stone walls

Timber shoring; grouting; capping; selected blocks replaced

Stone barrier wall (base of west elevation)

- 1847
Earlier pump house erected on nearby land

Original Construction
1853 - 1854
Construction of stone pump house

Completion Date

18th March 2015

Report Written By

Joan McKenzie

Information Sources

Thornton, 1982

Geoffrey G. Thornton, New Zealand's Industrial Heritage, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1982

Clough, 1991

Clough, Rod, ‘The Archaeology of the Historic Copper Industry on Kawau Island 1843-1855, 1899-1901, Australian Historical Archaeology, Vol. 9, 1991

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.

A fully referenced upgrade report is available on request from the Northern Regional Office of Heritage New Zealand.