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Waipu Museum

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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You will not think to go here, but you should

Usually stuff on the web is hyperbole, but this really is a great small museum. If you are at all... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Altos, California
A must

If you are in Waipu, this is a must. It explains why the settlers family are so passionate about... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Levin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Usually stuff on the web is hyperbole, but this really is a great small museum. If you are at all interested in migration patterns and how New Zealand became the way it is, this is a must. We actually spent 1 1/2 hours because we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in Waipu, this is a must. It explains why the settlers family are so passionate about this wee paradise.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bubbleteaqueen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is literally the history of the big man, Norman McLeod, a Presbyterian Minister from Scotland, and all of his follower’s stories in Waipu, NZ. Coming from Scotland, firstly migrated to Pictou, at Nova Scotia, Canada, and then because of hardship in this place,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank santo-trainsspotter7
Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

What a great way to spend a morning. Take the time to visit the museum and spend the time to read and soak up the history. If you have any Scottish blood at all you will find this fantastic. Even without the Scottish heritage you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank scotp393
Reviewed 21 November 2018

Sharing and becoming a part of the Waipu Heritage learning about Waipu thru many interesting items and knowledge the museum provides.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DearyDeary123
Reviewed 15 October 2018

This was in a Three way tie for our vacation as i am a Macleod clan member and have been to the Castle in the north of Scotland, and grew up in the Maritimes and relatives are from Pictou, NS it was so interesting to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mrlogboy
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Small museum, but well researched and presented. Exhibits focus on the Scottish emigrants and their influence on the area. Brings to life a group of families who made this part of New Zealand home, and left their legacy.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Steve L
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

A lot about Norman McLeod did not know who he was before visiting but do now. Find out for your self you will be amazed

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank StridentTechnology
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

We spent an hour here looking around. Really directed to those who are descended from the first settlers but lot of information about that period of settlement of new Zealand.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Bruce_M94
Reviewed 18 April 2018

Definitely take the time to understand the Scottish connection and history of Waipu. It is a small but informative place with knowledgeable docents and a delightful gift shop. We love this museum!!!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Gate83
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Response from BarrellRider | Reviewed this property |
When we visited there was no admission charge, however you can make a donation. You are free to just walk around and look at everything, it is a fairly small place but loaded with history of the area.