A must see when you visit Tauranga as it is one of New Zealands oldest heritage sites. Esther, our guide was very knowlegable and we enjoyed our extensive tour visiting the house and the grounds
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We visited The Elms Mission Station as part of a bus tour. The staff were very informative & helpful. On the property there is a house built in 1847 from Kauri logs, a church, hall and a cemetery. All very full of history. The house...More
This is a beautiful venue to learn from, have a picnic in, hire for special occasions. There is very little history retained in Tauranga so enjoy this while you can
As the buildings were closed, we went straight to the mission's cemetery a few hundred yards away. Beautiful shaded little park, where the graves tell many a story.
I arrived 10 minutes before closing so didn't get to see in the house but had a quick walk (free) around the beautiful gardens. Well maintained and a sense of history due to the size of the trees which complement the old buildings.
Our GPS failed two running to find The Elms so we decided to write the directions down - no problem, there it was with plenty of parking out the front (not sure if this woudl be so during height of the season or school holidays)....More
Very interesting visit. Guides lead us through the mission telling us about the mission and the Maori people who came there. Still some original buildings on the site. Our guide happened to be an ancestor of the family and that started the mission.
I visited here with a group from a cruise ship on Feb. 20. Docents took groups of 12-15 around the grounds which are very well kept. The buildings are interesting and the docents explained significant events so we got an enjoyable history lesson!
Set in lovely, quiet surroundings in a busy port city, the Elms Mission House gives one a glimpse at early settler life. The house is furnished with period furniture (some of it original to the house). We had a guided tour and the tour guide...More