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.


Our Stories

Upcoming Events

Tuia – Encounters 250

In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. Mercury Bay will play a significant role in the upcoming celebrations. FIND OUT MORE

Te Mahutatanga o Takero – Mercury Rising

1 – 12 November 2019
Mercury is rising, and Whitianga is coming together to celebrate this planetary passing from beautiful Mercury Bay.

Opening Times

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

Winter Hours 10am to 3pm (May to September)
Closed Mondays


Adults $7.50
Locals, NZ Seniors & Students $6
Children Under 13 are free

Groups 10+ please contact us re your visit.

Last admission is 45 minutes prior to closing


Become a Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer to be part of our front-of-house team welcoming visitors to the museum, read our volunteer programme fact sheet and download our application form from the link below.