This timeline of Wilderland history is in early development – if you have anything that you are able to share with us to add to the timeline, please contact us!


June, 1992

The land was donated to the Wilderland Trust by the founders Dan & Edith Hansen.

June, 1990

The WILDERLAND TRUST was incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 on the 21st June 1990.


November, 1989

The Wilderland Trust Deed was signed - it remains in affect to this day, with subsequent amendments.


A drift into the use of drugs on the Wilderland property following the "hippie" movement of the 60s & 70s caused Wilderland to move to a no drugs, alcohol or tobacco policy.


November, 1973

Dan & Edith started reaching out to the wider community to inform them about Wilderland, its needs and ongoing work.


A permanent roadside stall was built on the side of SH25, the main road into Whitianga. The roadside stall developed over the years to include some playground equipment and became a popular destination for visitors and travellers through the Coromandel.



Roadside sales of excess produce begin - initially using a tent.

October, 1964

Dan & Edith Hansen purchased a large disused block of land on the Whitianga Estuary in the Coromandel Peninsula. The land had been abandoned by its owner 8 years previously.