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We fond this Gem of a Museum by chance and it was one of our favorite visit during a two month... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2018

This was possibly the best museum we have visited. A personal guided tour with the most amazing... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2018
Andrew E
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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By appointment, only, we give conducted tours of the Whaling Museum, restored Historic 1840's House and Gardens. We have picnic facilities so you can enjoy the grounds after the tour. Appointments are necessary for arrangements with tour guides.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
31 Marchant Road | Hihi RD1, Mangonui 0494, New Zealand
+64 800 687 386
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

We fond this Gem of a Museum by chance and it was one of our favorite visit during a two month visit to New Zealand from the United State. This museum is a labor of Love by its very enthusiastic owner, Jan. This Whaling "collection"...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

This was possibly the best museum we have visited. A personal guided tour with the most amazing artifacts on display, and a curator who is full of knowledge and brings each piece to life. After the museum you can wander through the beautiful and extensive...More

Thank Andrew E
Reviewed 23 December 2017

Smallish museum but well kept historic home and expansive gardens, highlight was the friendly and knowledgeable guide who did a good job of cementing the history of the place in the early New Zealand history and the economic drivers behind whaling.

Thank BenM5258
Reviewed 13 December 2017

Recommended by a relative.Wonderful location and guide very informative. Fab gardens.Would have liked a bit more time in the cottage but there was no time limit in museum or gardens. Easy to lose a few hours

Thank lizziemoo
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Wonderful visit to see the museum and gardens. A small group of only 6 visitors so it felt like a private tour. Had a look at the artifacts and museum as well as the old residence. A lot of very interesting items and well labeled...More

Thank ValL581
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Access by appointment only. See you later! Relatives were whalers back in the day..seen their stuff anyway.

Thank Geoff A
Reviewed 3 October 2017

It is so much fun to find a museum run with passion and a desire to share. This little whaling museum doesn't have a full time staff, so visitors have to call to see if they can come. My husband and I called to see...More

1  Thank Roberta R
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Very informative and friendly guide helping us to learn all about whaling in Mangonui. The museum was a wealth of information displayed in a very accessable way. The home is beautiful and really well cared for. Gardens so vibrant and peaceful. Fantastic couple of hours....More

2  Thank Megan A
Reviewed 22 July 2017

An excellent, unhurried 1.5 hour tour of the private whaling museum at Butler's Point. The guide was very informative and interesting. We learned a lot we didn't know before! Some original movie footage of whaling in the 1920s pulled it all together. Brutal times! A...More

Thank MRS565
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Wow, the far north of New Zealand is quite a beautiful place, Butler Point has view over Mangonui to die for. The Whaling Museum is fascinating in reminding us of how our forbears coped in a wild world. Without the whale oil life would have...More

Thank en-retraite
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Gwen O
4 May 2018|
Response from ButlerPoint | Property representative |
$25 for adults, $5 for school age children, $20 per adult for groups of ten or more people.
10 March 2018|
Response from ButlerPoint | Property representative |
2 adults=$50. Thanks for asking.
6 September 2016|
Response from ButlerPoint | Property representative |
So sorry we missed this question. We're open almost every day of the week, by appointment, though we're closed for June this year, except for large groups by pre-arrangement.