foxton NZ

De Molen Authentic Dutch Windmill

Open 7 days a week, 10am - 4pm.
The Foxton Windmill Trust Inc, P O Box 40, Foxton
Contact us: (06) 363 5601 or email: demolenfoxton@xtra.co.nz

This full size operating Dutch Windmill is open to the public, allowing visitors to experience a little of Holland. Tour the upper levels and working parts of the Mill. Group visits are welcomed by prior arrangement.

Souvenirs and "milled flours" are available for purchase. De Molen is a marvellous example of traditional Dutch, 17th century craftsmanship. Visitors who able to climb the stairs will be conducted through the mill to see it in action. Those unable to mount the stairs can watch the proceedings from the ground floor by means of an in house video system. Wholemeal wheat flour can be bought at the mill, alongside a wide range of souvenirs. A visit to De Molen is a totally unique experience. The Windmill is also home to the local Information Centre.

Our History

First proposed in 1990, De Molen was completed and officially opened on 13th April 2003. Built to plans and specifications obtained from the Netherlands, it is an exact replica of a traditional 17th Century Dutch flourmill and has received a completion certificate from the architect, who designed the mill Mr J A Hedra from Barneveld in the Netherlands. The million-dollar project began when a Dutchman, Dirk van Til, bought a property in Foxton, with the intention of growing tulip bulbs in partnership with John Langen. The land reminded Mr van Til so strongly of The Netherlands that he also decided to build a genuine Dutch mill. The tulip venture failed, due to a virus and unsuitable climate, and Mr van Til went to Australia. But Mr Langen stayed in Foxton, determined to carry the dream through. Now, 15 years later, and thanks to many Foxton people, people of Dutch descent, foundation members, companies that have contributed products and services at special rates and to a grant from Eastern and Central Community Trust, he has achieved his goal. Apart from the running gear, millstones and sailstocks which were made and installed by Vaags Molenwerkn in Aalten, the Netherlands, the mill has been built using NZ-grown timber, by mainly voluntary labour, under the direction of Mr Cor Slobbe of Foxton Beach The function of De Molen is to mill flour with millstones in the traditional manner.

The Windmill is now supported by the Dutch Market on SH1 click here for further information

Foxton De Molen Windmill Gallery

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