Opening Times
10am to 4pm*
Open 7 days
Last admission 3.15pm
* except Christmas/Boxing Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day.

Adults $12.50/Local Adult $10
NZ Gold Card (Senior) $10
Student (15-18 years) $10
Children Under 14 are free with an accompanying adult
Groups 10+ please contact us re your visit.

Bringing you face to face with our heritage

With exhibits about the Polynesian navigator Kupe, Maori artifacts, the Endeavour and James Cook, HMS Buffalo (sunk 1840), kauri timber and gum, the old dairy factory in which the museum is housed, early settlers’ records, natural history, fishing displays and a wonderful photographic collection.
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How You Can Get Involved

Help support the Museum by becoming a Friend of the Museum or a Volunteer

Volunteer Program

Be part of the front-of-house team welcoming visitors to the museum,

Friends of the Museum

When you become a Friend of the Museum you are supporting us in the protection and preservation of our collection.

Come Visit Our Amazing New Exhibition!


This new exhibit is a blast from the past and will reignite familiar memories from many locals and visitors to the area. It is a nod to the Old School Room Exhibit that the museum closed in 2021, the local general store and haberdashery shop.

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The HMS Buffalo Re-examination Project aims to complete a detailed site survey to provide an accurate interpretation of the HMS Buffalo shipwreck site located in Whitianga, New Zealand.


Let’s Talk Kina

Friday 8th March 2024 3:30pm- 4:00pm