Whitestone City
Whitestone City
5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Learn about our history by taking part in it. Take a tour of the visual tale of our town from the rough-sawn Whitestone beginnings to the polished and finely worked grandeur of our facades that still exist today. Partake of Victorian pastimes or boldly go beyond the curtains to encounter our colourful past. Leisurely repose oneself in the sumptuous surrounds of our parlour.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Margaret
Sydney, Australia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Absolutely worth visiting! As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the friendly ladies - and transported back into the 19th Century! The museum has great Victorian arcades, a little movie area to watch short films, olden-day classroom, bar, and a working carousel!! A lady by the name of Tiddy (I hope I spelled correctly) was very lovely and she showed our daughter how to use spinning wheel. Thank you for a great experience!
Super impressed!!
Written 30 December 2023
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James H
Oceanside, CA592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Great interesting*museum with quirky and hands on exhibits. Helpful and friendly staff. Good short movie about the history of the region. Nice location. Pay by donation.
Written 12 March 2023
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Stef137
Christchurch, New Zealand37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Great wee museum. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Informative video about the history of Oamaru and interactive displays, great for young and old. Have a go on a penny farthing! You choose what to pay at the end of the visit. Worth a visit!
Written 9 November 2022
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aw682018
Masterton, New Zealand25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Loved our recent visit to this very interesting museum. Nice to learn about how the town developed in the mid to late 1800’s. The staff ere very knowledgable and informative. Totally enjoyed my ride on the penny farthing merry-go-round. Liked the idea of donations at the exit we gave $10 each. Would highly recommend a visit.
Written 5 October 2022
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brendafrost
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
An interesting place to visit to go back in time to when area first settled. Displays very good and appear to be relevant to the area and depict how the town was established and the history of the area. Good for children.
Written 26 April 2022
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AdrienneJ15
Christchurch, New Zealand66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
this was a great place to while away an hour , with so much interesting content... the movie of the story of Oamaru was just the right length (about 8 minutes I think?) we enjoyed the last section , watching an amusing video of a modern woman dressing herself in the attire that females of Victorian times had to endure... without anyone to help her... she also took 8 minutes!!
the idea of koha (donation) on exiting was appreciated - we happily gave $10 each but may have hesitated to pay upfront not knowing just what was behind the entry point... it was easy for my friend to get around on her walking frame
Written 17 February 2022
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ballyjune
Auckland Central, New Zealand29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Stepping back in time and far more interactive and interesting than the steam punk museum. Great for kids of all ages. Have a go on the stilts.
Written 24 January 2022
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cpcog
Sydney, Australia1,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
It is good for tourists! although the place isn't that big, there is plenty things to see and try. We can tell the owner try very hard to decorate the place with lot of information and activities. you can see old things and old costume , played old games and had a ride on carousel!
The staffs are very friendly and explain everything they know.
Donation was welcomed at the end of the visit.
Written 9 January 2022
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,653 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A very strange place. We visited early in the evening, there was no one on the front counter and something was happening with a reasonable size group in another room. We had a quick look around and could see that it could be a fun visit at a different time going by other reviews.
Written 26 August 2021
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Lena91nz
Auckland Central, New Zealand59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
I had so much fun today and Whitestone city. It was a good mix of fun and educational. I loved riding on the carousel!
Written 27 April 2021
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