The Elms

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

Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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
About
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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Sandra S
Auckland, New Zealand77 contributions
Lovely old buildings and gardens right in the middle of Tauranga
Dec 2020
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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significant historical site visit
Aug 2020
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 Zealand78 contributions
Lovely old mission house and garden with great history
Jul 2020
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 Zealand586 contributions
Very interesting and lovely guide
Jun 2020 • 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
Good visit to a historic and unique site.
Mar 2020
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, UK1,185 contributions
Historic landmark
Mar 2020
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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murraymarionguy
Tauranga, New Zealand15 contributions
THE ELMS, Tauranga. Totally absorbing with it's relaxed aged grandeur, touching all senses positively.
Feb 2020
Absolutely absorbing with it's relaxed aged grandeur, touching all senses positively. This begins at the arrival entry, especially so if met by the volunteer greeters, stunningly presented in authentic period clothing of the era the Elms reflects.
Written 5 March 2020
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Lyrebird6
Sydney, Australia801 contributions
What a lovely property.....
Feb 2020
Interesting and made all the more so by the enthusiastic volunteers doing the presentation.
Go back in time .........sit in the lovely garden and reflect.
We 4 thoroughly enjoyed our time here.
Written 3 March 2020
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TOM A
Chesapeake, VA727 contributions
What a wonderful historic enclave
Feb 2020
Visited the fine little replica of the missionary enclave founded over 100 years ago.
Many replicated buildings including chapel and library. Had a wonderful guide who
was very informative about the history. Kids might be bored?
Written 23 February 2020
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Stephen Owen
Brighton, UK1 contribution
The Elms visit 17th of February 2020
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I visited the elms last week. We were in Taranga and somewhat at a loss as to what to do. Took the hop on and hop off bus and stopped at the elms on the recommendation of the driver. What a good choice-wonderful lady volunteers were most knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stop there and hope to visit again in years to come but it’s a long trip from the UK!
Stephen and Angela Owen
Written 22 February 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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