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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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Well worth the visit

Recommended by a relative.Wonderful location and guide very informative. Fab gardens.Would have... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Waikawa, New Zealand
Interesting Visit

Wonderful visit to see the museum and gardens. A small group of only 6 visitors so it felt like a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Val L
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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.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“old house” (5 reviews)
“far north” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
31 Marchant Road | Hihi RD1, Mangonui 0494, New Zealand
+64 800 687 386
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 Val L
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 Robin 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
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
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