The Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village, Kaikohe: Hours, Address, The Pioneer Village Reviews: 4.5/5

The Pioneer Village
4.5
Rail Services • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Buildings include the Waimate North Courthouse built in 1862 which is the oldest courthouse in New Zealand, the Maioha Cottage built in 1875 and Utakura Hall and School built in 1891. Collections include the Fergie Neilson collection of Maori artefacts; Bill Pratt collection of gum-digging equipment and the Purdy collection of blacksmith tools. Machinery includes the only surviving Albion Cuthbertson Water Buffalo in New Zealand; one of only five in the world, a fully restored 1901 Burrell Steam Locomotive, a large collection of agricultural machinery and two fire engines. Rides available on diesel train carriage, 1901 3/4 size replica Grout cycle car, 1936 Leyland fire engine and/or 1901 Burrell Steam Traction engine. Bookings essential and subject to driver availability. Something for everybody!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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brookeyay
Kaikohe, New Zealand86 contributions
Go back in time!!
Dec 2019 • Family
Being a local, I have visited the Pioneer Village many times. I enjoyed taking my nephews and nieces there during the school holidays. The activity sheet the kids were given, really added to the experience. They also hold events throughout the year that the entire community look forward to. I highly recommend visiting. You never know what you might see on your next visit.
Written 25 May 2020
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Explore786900
Rhoose, UK3 contributions
Don't bother
Mar 2020
The reception desk was attended but unenthusiastic.
The buildings were mostly open but uninspired displays.
There was one worker who was pleasant and informative to talk with.
Written 26 March 2020
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ThereseJo
Houhora, New Zealand8 contributions
Fabulous.
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a wonderful place to visit. The exhibits are informative and relevant. The staff were welcoming. Great coffee and chocolate cake. Well worth the $10/adult entrance. Thank you.
Written 20 January 2020
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siddella
High Wycombe, UK22 contributions
Unexpected find, and an interesting insight into the lives of early settlers
Jan 2020 • Couples
Driving from Hokianga to Bay of Islands, we came across a sign for the Pioneer Village Museum in Kaikohe and went to investigate. Despite us having arrived 30 minutes before opening time, the lady in charge made us very welcome and opened all the exhibits for us. We were charmed by the various historic buildings, including a general store-cum-post office, schoolroom, Methodist church, cottage and courtroom, and impressed by the thought and effort that had gone into furnishing them. For those with knowledge of agricultural matters, there were also some interesting examples of machinery.
The establishment of the museum has clearly been a community project and I understand it is staffed entirely by volunteers. I hope it continues to thrive, it provides a valuable insight into the lives of early European settlers in New Zealand and is well worth visiting on your way between the east and west coasts.
Written 6 January 2020
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Thank you for visiting us. Glad you enjoyed your time here :)
Written 13 January 2020
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jokuku
Tokoroa, New Zealand25 contributions
Tthe Pioneer Village Kaikohe
Apr 2019
The welcome mat to this place was a large lily pond with fish, crossing a little bridge we entered the old Kaikohe Railway station building...what a brilliant little museum, full of lovely old buildings with stories to tell and lovely gardens.
This volunteer run museum is well laid out and has a small gauge railway running on occasions. The lady volunteer that day was a local so we had first hand information about Kaikohe history. The machinery shed was particularly of interest and some of the artefacts very old. Interesting to compare the old with more modern designs. They have open days and school visits etc so the museum is enjoyed by all ages, Nice to have the café on site too. Also on site was a tree nursery which was run by a very informative local Iwi member . The trees and plants were free to a good home. Community members assisted in potting up individual plants. Congratulations to the volunteers, Keep up the good work.
Written 7 August 2019
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Thank you for such an awesome review. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Many thanks, PVK :)
Written 8 August 2019
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Maioha
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany516 contributions
Excellent, especially from a personal point of view
Feb 2019 • Friends
This is especially personal for me as the cottage my mother and her mother were both born in is one of the buildings in the Pioneer Village. It is the Maioha Cottage, which contains many pictures of our family including that of me and my wife. Sally kindly gave me the keys to the protective glass panes so that we could have a closer look in each room.
Written 27 February 2019
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Shaeti
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
Don’t bother
Jan 2019
Desk was unattended, the person running unfriendly and she wouldn’t open any of the buildings other than the church, despite charging us the full entry price.
Written 20 January 2019
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we are sorry you did not enjoy your visit, and that our normal welcome and visiting procedures were not adhered to. Should you be in the area again, please feel free to call back and we will do our best to rectify your experience.
Written 22 January 2019
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Mythaluk
Greater London, UK75 contributions
nice selection of historic buildings in pretty gardens
Nov 2018 • Solo
A relaxing place to spend an informative hour about the earlier European buildings in this part of NZ, and items available prior to the 20th century. There is probably more to do at weekends compared to the time I visited.
Written 14 November 2018
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Judy B
Canberra, Australia8 contributions
Lovely
Feb 2018 • Couples
My husband and I visited this Pioneer Village as part of an organised bus tour and knew nothing of it initially. Despite the wet weather we walked around the village with the aid of an umbrella and the people that were telling us stories of each of the buildings very welcoming and very enthusiastic. There were old fire truck rides and old car rides for the kids and a train that went around the village as well. The gentleman who had a collection of cameras and old moving-picture equipment was very informative. We saw the old school house and an old family house and the people who told us about them knew their stuff. We also had an afternoon tea that was provided by the volunteers at the village and yes they are all volunteers! A delightfully unexpected find!
Written 7 February 2018
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Dorsetbruce
Poole, UK4,824 contributions
A definite must-visit
Dec 2017 • Friends
We had a great time at the museum despite inclement weather. The lady on the desk was very friendly and welcoming as was Roger the resident dog. We were first in and had the place to ourselves. The entrance is an old railway station but the adjacent gardens are very well kept and deserve a mention. The complex itself to me resembles an historic film set and is very quaint. Buildings have been brought in from surrounding towns, reassembled and restored here including the church with its stained-glass window which is probably the most prominent building but look out for the little wooden outhouse hidden away behind the pioneers’ house. Others include the old courthouse and jail, a wagon shed and another containing old tractors. There is a small railway line which was not running when we were there but still makes for good photos where it goes under the bridge. We did not have time for a guided visit which allows access into all the buildings. The old railway station also doubles up as a café and a small indoor museum. The complex is a little bit tucked away down a side street and could be difficult to find first time round but worth the effort. Great value for money and for me a must-see if in town.
Written 1 January 2018
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