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.

Admission price:
ADULTS $5.00 and CHILDREN under 14 are FREE with an accompanying adult.


Our Stories

Come Visit Our Amazing New Exhibition!


In Our Backyard


In Our Backyard takes visitors on a tour through our backyard space highlighting the animals and creatures that reside here.


Follow us on our latest Project!

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.

Opening Times

Summer Hours 10am to 4pm (December – April)
Open daily
* except Christmas/Boxing Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day.

Winter Hours 10am to 3pm (May to November)
Closed Sundays


Adults $5.00
Children Under 14 are free with an accompanying adult

Groups 10+ please contact us re your visit.

Last admission is 45 minutes prior to closing