The Elms

The Elms, Tauranga: Hours, Address, The Elms Reviews: 4.5/5

Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Kia ora and welcome to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga, one of the Bay of Plenty’s oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Maori and Pakeha, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Encompassing category one listed heritage buildings and nationally significant collections – all set within a diverse and tranquil garden setting – this one hectare property is a must-see destination for visitors to the region. For generations The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga has been a place for community to gather and learn - this tradition continues today. We invite you to come and journey through the expansive grounds, and enjoy a guided tour of the historic house and library. As you do you will get a rare glimpse into the past of this now bustling city. The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga has in time become a well known venue for special events in the Bay of Plenty. With stunning grounds and vintage buildings available for use, please consider The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga for your wedding or next function. With experienced co-ordinators on site we are ready to help plan your special events at this beautiful venue.
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mlgjs
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Couples
Great that they are saving New Zealand's heritage instead of bowling it. A very informative, guided tour. Beautiful buildings and garden.
Written 13 May 2022
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Linda S
Auckland109 contributions
Friends
Extremely interesting. A wonderful little museum which strongly conveys the lives of the people who lived in the dwellings on this site. Most of the artefacts on display belonged to the various owners of The Elms. So it feels quite personal. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The grounds peaceful and well maintained. Well worth at least 90 minutes.
Written 26 April 2022
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Shona
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Family
Awesome visit with 10 & 13yr old kids. Cheryl our tour guide was so knowledgeable & made the trip. We learnt so much of earlier NZ history. The gardens were beautiful & history packed. We visited the mission cemetery afterwards, which was humbling & completed the visit. Great couple of hours spent as a family.
Written 2 April 2022
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holmanp
Tauranga, New Zealand44 contributions
Solo
A lovely place to discover the history of the area and experience what it was like to live in the early 19th century in NZ, and the relationships with local Maori
Written 23 February 2022
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Sandra S
Auckland, New Zealand77 contributions
Unfortunately the house is being restored, but there is plenty to see during your visit. Our guide Judy, was very informative and it was really like stepping back in time. The old buildings - including the library (this is open), the new garden area - are really worth a visit.
Written 30 December 2020
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C Js
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Guide gave extensive history of the place. Entering the house was like stepping back in time. Beautiful gardens. V good value
Written 22 August 2020
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vwatts40
Auckland, New Zealand86 contributions
We were visiting from the Bay of Islands where the first missionaries arrived and were interested to see how this compared. The mission house is the most complete and relatively unmodified that we have seen. The gardens are well maintained with some fascinating old trees planted early in the life of the house. Visit has to be by guided tour. Our guide was very well informed and we found out that she was fifth generation descendent of the Henry Williams who set up the Paihia mission with his wife Marion and was so influential with the local chiefs who signed his translation of the Treaty of Waitangi The house itself is full of items brought over by the first owner and added to by his family. The original chapel is still in good condition.
A lovely trip through early NZ history
Written 12 July 2020
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Camda
Wellington, New Zealand641 contributions
Friends
Cheaper rate if you’re a local Tauranga resident. Our assigned guide (included in admission), Philippa was superb and made the visit interesting and not too ‘dry’. A good insight into the family that lived here and donated the home to the city. A lot of interesting artefacts and a good insight into local history. Lovely gardens and free parking.
Written 16 June 2020
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Legal-Al
Backwell, UK80 contributions
The Elms is a historic site which has been well maintained and has well informed volunteer guides. Lots of photo opportunities at this missionary settlement and house. Small but well worth a visit.
Written 26 April 2020
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Paul B
Chesterfield, UK1,333 contributions
This building has historical significance both for Tauranga and NewZealand. Worth a visit. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful
Written 9 March 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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