Citation 2013 Museums Aotearoa Awards:


                              History of Fishing
                        Fishing is like a religion in Mercury Bay,
    and this community endeavour netted many local interest groups
      to create a comprehensive treatment with a shoestring budget.
The creative displays illustrate the different types of fishing in the Bay
                                – past, present and future –
    and clever positioning has made the Museum a must-see attraction
                      for proud residents and the many tourists.
                                            11 April 2013








The Coromandel Peninsula's most visited museum with exhibits about the Polynesian navigator Kupe, Maori Artifacts, the Endeavour and James Cook, HMS Buffalo (sunk 1840), Kauri Timber and Kauri Gum, the old Dairy Factory in which the Museum is housed, early settlers records and photographic collection, Natural History displays and the History of Fishing display.

Screening room featuring: "Twelve Days-Captain James Cook in Mercury Bay".(35 minutes)

11A The Esplanade                              Whitianga, 3510                                    New Zealand

Phone 07-866-0730

Opposite the wharf with free parking on Museum grounds.

Adults  $7.50
Seniors, Locals & Students $5.00
Children (5-16) $0.50 /under 5: free        Families $15.00


Hours 10am -4pm (latest entrance)
Open every day                              except

Christmas Day, 25th December

Good Friday

ANZAC day, 25 April


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