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.

The Museum is now closed and in level 4 lockdown, if you need to contact us, please email us at:


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Current & Upcoming Events

Waka Tours Whitianga

Māori History Custom Tours

Learn about Māori culture and Tikanga (customs).

Waka Tours are excited to offer you authentic Māori history tours of the wider Whitianga area. All of their guides are members of the Ngāti Hei iwi/tribe and have grown up and live locally.



Night @ The Museum – A History Mystery

17 April 2020
Come along to a Night at the Museum – A History Mystery!

Tour Behind the Scenes

January 2020- date TBA
Come and see behind the locked doors!!

Opening Times

Summer Hours 10am to 4pm (October – April)
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.