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The Elms

15 Mission Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
+64 7-577 9772
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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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15 Mission Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
15 Mission Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
+64 7-577 9772
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank Vivian R
Reviewed 15 November 2017

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

1  Thank PageSydney
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Beautifully preserved piece of colonial history. Gorgeous gardens and old homestead bursting with treasures. $5 guided tour worthwhile.

Thank HelenJG786
Reviewed 24 June 2017

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

Thank Rachael G
Reviewed 18 June 2017

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.

Thank jobst56
Reviewed 9 April 2017

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.

Thank 19Donna70
Reviewed 15 March 2017

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

2  Thank Lee W
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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.

1  Thank mzgrizzSantaFe_TX
Reviewed 27 February 2017

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!

Thank C W B
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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

Thank kdh78
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