Te Ahu Heritage
Te Ahu Heritage
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Te Ahu Kaitaia is a new, visitor centre and community centre. It has many attractions under one roof and free WIFI access. The Visitor Information Centre is open seven days. The museum will give you a picture of the Far North, then and now. A special place to visit, with kuaka (godwits in flight) and a huge pou (carving) for each of the iwi (peoples). Our culture is here for you. Nau to whare, come to this place, where our community comes together to meet, learn, celebrate, enjoy and to grow.
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Genevive Davison
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this museum. Most informative, and well set out. Thankyou very much
Written 8 July 2020
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Jim S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Impressive pou in entrance hall and lots of interesting displays in a small museum space. Very well done.
Written 18 February 2020
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greatkiwip0et
Wellington, New Zealand41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
We visited the Museum but were blown away by the atrium of the building itself. It has a floor mural that can be best appreciated from the mezzanine floor. While you're up there, take a close-up look at the carved pou - they really are magnificent. The interpretive signs are at ground level, so you might want to have a read before you go up the stairs.

The pou represent 7 tribes - the original 5 Maori tribes that arrived after Kupe and spread throughout the Far North, the Croation tribe of gumdiggers and wine-makers who made this part of New Zealand distinctively European, and the Pakeha tribe, which includes missionaries and other settlers. As well as being beautiful in themselves, the pou tell the history of the region and are well worth a visit.

The Museum itself is small but well-curated, and is a thorough and extensive history of the region. The artefacts are interesting and the reading material well-written and fascinating.

The building also houses the library and (off to the side) the local movie theatre at ground level. It is a worthy and admirable hub for the council offices and several community initiatives, and I truly admire the far-sightedness of the town planners, officials, architects, designers and artists and craftsmen in making this place a pleasure to visit.
Written 31 March 2019
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Christine S
Chester, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
When libraries and museums in Britain are closing, it is wonderful to find this beautiful Maori inspired building, which seems very well used. Staff are very helpful to visitors.
Written 23 November 2018
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This multipurpose building combines a visitor information centre, a library, and an excellent local museum. Be sure to note the lovely pou in the atrium.
Written 12 August 2018
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lulu1106
Ahipara, New Zealand178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Te Ahu houses the Kaitaia library, council, theatre and meeting rooms, and i-site.
These are all surrounded by local history carved into the big Maori pou. Put aside a good few hours to study and walk about and take in all that you see.
Written 4 March 2018
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hinau
Auckland, New Zealand476 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
I went back to the entrance a couple of times thinking maybe I had missed something.
It lacked any kind of thematic structure and seemed bitzy despite obvioulsy having had a lot of money spent on the display.
The interpretation lacked people stories.
There were no staff on duty.
Written 27 November 2017
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constanttraveller462
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
This small museum is in the big gold building at the south end of town and contains some amazingly important artefacts including an anchor the French explorers left in 1769 and some important maori artefacts - worth stopping to see
Written 25 June 2017
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Pamela J
Bath, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
Really not a big place but just amazingly informative about the area. We were shown around by Dave whose ancestry dates way back to the first missionaries in the area. This was a wonderful addition to the visit.
Written 22 January 2017
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Greg P
Kaitaia, New Zealand37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
Not big at all, but chock-full of great History. During 2014-15 this boutique museum housed not only the oldest-known European artifact in NZ (the de Surville anchor -- pictured), but also the oldest-known Maori artifact in NZ [the Rarawa lintel -- on loan from Auckland Museum (but they still have a convincing replica on display)]..
Written 23 August 2016
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