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Butler Point Whaling Museum

31 Marchant Road | Hihi RD1, Mangonui 0494, New Zealand
+64 800 687 386
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Very interesting museum and beautiful grounds

Very informative and friendly guide helping us to learn all about whaling in Mangonui. The museum... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Megan A
Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
Fascinating history!

An excellent, unhurried 1.5 hour tour of the private whaling museum at Butler's Point. The guide... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tauranga, New Zealand
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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.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
31 Marchant Road | Hihi RD1, Mangonui 0494, New Zealand
+64 800 687 386
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Megan A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Lovely grounds with trees and and views. Easy to find. Old house with many displays, simply arranged but well done. Knowledgeable couple who own it. We learned all about whaling, right down to the pots which early whalers used to heat the whale oil. Also...More

Thank WIldCarrot2
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We spent a nice afternoon here. The guide was well informed and answered questions patiently. The history was shared in an interesting way and we also enjoyed a beautiful walk through their stunning gardens along the waters edge. Don't miss the movie- very old footage...More

Thank Deannamand
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Not that there is much effort involved in visiting. I phoned at 9.30 and arranged to visit at 11. Access is through a gate and then a 1km plus unsealed drive, but this is no problem at all. Our guide was Bill, an extremely learned...More

Thank Malcolm G
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We visited the Butler Point Whaling Museum on February 21, 2017. Our tour was led by Bill, who is an archaeologist and very knowledgeable about the area, its history, Maori people, and the whaling industry. The museum is amazing: Many whaling artifacts and a thorough...More

1  Thank dfbcolorado
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Our group of 8 arrived by boat and had an enriching experience learning about the Whaling history. The guides were excellent, thank you.

Thank CathyBondiJunction
Reviewed 21 February 2017

A lovely drive through the macadamia orchard followed by a tour full of stories past and present. Lovely house surrounded by enourmous flowering magnolia trees.it was a perfect setting for a family picnic in a relaxing garden.

1  Thank Tanya W
Reviewed 9 February 2017

I would highly recommend the Butler Point Whaling Museum. Our guide was incredibly welcoming and skilled in the art of story telling. It is worth a trip, even just to see the beautiful grounds and giant Pohutukawa trees.

Thank PaigeV440
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