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Butler Point Whaling Museum

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Address: 31 Marchant Road | Hihi RD1, Mangonui 0494, New Zealand
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+64 800 687 386
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We give conducted tours of the Whaling Museum, restored Historic 1840's...

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 well worth the effort

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Malcolm G
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 and articulate American anthropologist. He is a very interesting chap and we could have talked... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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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 examination of how the hunting was done, its demise as a commercial enterprise, and the... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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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.

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Thank CathyBondiJunction
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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.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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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.

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Bristol
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

I had read about Butler Point in my guide book but didn't think a trip was likely as you had to pre book. We wandered into the tourist information in Mangonui to see a visit that very day advertised on a board. A phone call from the lady in the tourism info and we were booked in fo 45 mins... More 

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Witham, Essex
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The whole family enjoyed this. The guide was great and very good explaining to the children and answering their questions. fascinating tale of whaling and great format having the guided tour. Museum was interesting and the video quite eye opening! The grounds are lovely and being able to spend time there afterwards was perfect.

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Dargaville, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Wonderful guide - very interesting place-- the setting was lovely and the museum had many artifacts of great interest. suitable for all ages providing parents keep an eye on younger children. We had a picnic after the tour & then explored the grounds and from the point looked across to Mangonui. It's a pity there isn't someone to take visitors... More 

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Erbil, Iraq
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

We booked to come to a private whaling museum which we had been told about. Nothing could prepare you for the delightful 2 acre gardens which you drove through to get there. We were greeted by the owner Jan then given an in depth tour of the museum by Bill a learned American academic. The museum was well set out... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This place is great. Our guide knew so much detail about the history of whaling. It was mind blowing.

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