Western Bay Museum
Western Bay Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 3:00 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
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Inside the instantly recognisable historic Old Fire Station in Katikati, you will discover the only museum in the Bay of Plenty and one of Aotearoa’s hidden-gems. With high-quality interactive exhibitions and fun tour-experiences, we bring to life the pioneering spirit of the local Māori, Ulster Irish and all other settlers who together built this area. Welcoming and knowledgeable volunteer guides recount the tales of storm-ridden ocean voyages, adventurers and entrepreneurs and the determination and struggles that formed the foundations of the Western Bay of Plenty. Visit us today (we’re perfect for a quick stop) or book one of our unique and memorable tour-experiences that will take you on a journey back to the 1900s. Ideal for kids and adults alike. Come and discover why the Western Bay Museum is Aotearoa’s best small museum.
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Elizabeth W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
The museum felt like a community hub for connecting with riverside plantings, rongoa garden, settler history, & Maori taonga from around the Western Bay. Knowledgeable staff made visitors welcome. Joined up with nice river walk through Haiku Park too. A great start to my visit to Katikati.
Written 26 July 2022
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FernAces6
Hamilton, New Zealand62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Didn’t expect much when we walked in with 3 kids aged 9-16. However we spent over 90mins there. The volunteer who met us at the door was so welcoming & full of information. Told us all about the Maori artifacts in the front of museum & the history of Tuhua/ Mayor island. They left us to explore the museum. Kids practices morse code, saw the old typewriters work, the old gramophone & vinyl record players all in perfect working order. Such a pleasantly good morning spent walking down memory lane. Thanks 😊
Written 17 January 2021
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Brain-Watkins House Museum
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
was welcomed very warmly by her and other Volunteer and because I was there is a somewhat official capacity as a member of a sister museum got the quick and free guided tour of the current exhibition . it was SO professionally done .
Written 7 March 2020
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hjmfly
Leogang, Austria12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The manager and curator, Paula Gaelic, surprised us with a awsome tour through the exhibition with explanations to the history of the first immigrants and their relationship to the Maori. We enjoyed the museum and the conversation afterwards. Thank you Paula! Dearest regards Claudia & Hans
Written 5 December 2019
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Tess041
Tauranga, New Zealand213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I have to admit to not thinking there would be much inside this museum as the town is relatively small. How wrong was I?! This place is a real gem. Very well laid out, clear and bright information panels & cases and excellent exhibits. The current Kauri one was brilliant - photos, saws, part of the dam, it was so informative. In the other side of the museum is where the school programmes are held. A new 'old fashioned' Aga stove where scones are baked, old telephones and exchange board linked to the telephone boxes outside so kids can understand and reinact how it all used to work. Microscopes, insects, rocks, farming, so much to see. This place is definitely worth a look and it is so nice to see how passionate the local volunteers are to keep the local history alive.
Written 28 September 2019
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Jenny L
Katikati, New Zealand44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This museum changes it's displays every now and then. We called in to see & learn all about the cutting down of the kauri in the area back in the late 1800's. Found it very interesting and could not believe the size of the biggest kauri that they cut down. And the way one gentleman encouraged several families to come to Katikati, NZ to work on the kauri. He did this on several trips from England. Staff were most helpful and willing to show you things.
Written 2 July 2019
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tel8
Auckland, New Zealand179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Great little museum with some interesting collections. Inc some recent history ie in my memory. Several interactive items
Written 22 April 2019
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Wendi and Nick
Cairns, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Small local museum- great spot to visit. Locals volunteer, so knowledgeable and friendly - cute little town
Written 14 December 2018
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Adrian H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Helpful staff, professionally organized exhibits, with uncluttered displays of early Maori stone implements and displays of home-ware, technology and photographs from early European settlers. I am a volunteer at the information desk of the Auckland Museum.
Written 22 October 2018
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Carole P
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
An excellent exhibition which depicts the history of the fight for woman’s votes, particularly focused on the Western Bay of plenty area and woman in the region. Well worth a visit, you can also check out various working artefacts they have, Morse code, party line phones, old typewriters and more.
Written 17 August 2018
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Western Bay Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM



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