Firth Tower Estate and Museum

Firth Tower Estate and Museum

Firth Tower Estate and Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural BuildingsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Take a stroll or picnic under the venerable oaks. Learn something of life in a more leisured age through our museum displays housed in 13 buildings. The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth to provide a lookout over the country side. It was also used as the estate office and sleeping quarters for single men. The tower stands on rising ground commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. The Firth Tower Historical Reserve is administered by the Matamata-Piako District Council and museum exhibits and displays are the work of the Matamata Historical Society. The Heritage Centre houses the archives of the Matamata area.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Libranace
New Plymouth, New Zealand215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The rooms set up as they would have been in the 1800 and early 1900s were delightful. There was a very wide variety of exhibits but it is not set up like a standard museum. The school, church, post-office etc. are all shown as they would have been in the past. It was fascinating. There is something to please all ages and interests from lace doilies to a Model-T Ford and everything in between. There are wartime items, agricultural set-ups and domestic set-ups. Allow plenty of time as there are lots of buildings to access. Well worth the money. It is mostly done by volunteers which is even more amazing. We will definitely visit again when we come to Matamata next time.
Written 3 July 2023
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I love stepping back in time! This is a very well preserved and presented farmstead that shows you what life was like in the late 1800s. Although it was a working farm there is still plenty to see and learn about the family life, home, schooling, road building etc and not just farm activities.
It was totally teaming it down when we were here. Had a bit of a mad dash to some of the out buildings but certainly a good place to tour around on a wet day - as opposed to getting soaked and covered in mud at Hobbiton, for instance.
The guy in charge was genuinely delighted to greet us and tell us all about the place. So good to meet people who care and who are so enthusiastic. It can't help but rub off on you despite the grey skies. Very enjoyable few hours. Not a place I had heard of of considered before but we'd had a change of plans due to Cyclone Gabrielle and found ourselves in the area. Well worth a visit.
Written 8 June 2023
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Sue H
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We really enjoyed our visit here, it was lovely to wander around and the gentleman who explained the history to us on our arrival was very helpful, informative and friendly. It is so easy to wander around and everything is well cared for - we were impressed - thank you.
Written 3 April 2022
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Debbie Owen
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The staff here are wonderful. My 91 year young Mother and I had a one night stopover, REALLY budget friendly and a beautiful surround with Mother Nature. Thank you. We will be back when we need a "stop over".
Written 16 May 2021
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AGreatWalker
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
A family or group could spend a couple of hours here. It's beautifully situated in a peaceful rural area with views over farmland.

The buildings and exhibits are clean and well-maintained.

There are toilets in the carpark.

I recommend browsing the small used bookshop. The offerings are of high quality and priced very reasonably.
Written 21 February 2021
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Vicki G
Whitianga, New Zealand11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Great museum and gardens, I would definitely visit this place. Plenty of parking ,you can even get power sites if you have a motorhome or caravan quite cheap for the sites, museum is donation only
Written 27 November 2020
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Jeanne N
Auckland, New Zealand135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Fantastic place to visit. I didn't know quite what to expect so was pleasantly surprised.
A very welcome reception on our arrival by staff. Apart from this been fun and nostalgic for us, it was great to have activities placed around the area for everyone to be interactive and entertained there, rather than just walking around 'looking' at things.
So it is great for families with children or just adults.
We had a lot of fun and were there for much longer than we thought we would be.
At the end we spoke to the lovely young lady in charge and she personally took us back to several places to answer questions we had.
Would happily go back and it is an ideal place for everyone.
A good idea to look at a cafe on site so that one can stay longer and enjoy the atmosphere there.
Well worth the visit an only a few minutes from the Matamata centre.
Written 12 July 2020
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Chris S
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Great little place to visit, lots if interesting old stuff to see, great gardens and lots if things to photograph. Had a nice time
Written 5 March 2020
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is an absolutely superb living museum. Wandering through the old homestead built in 1902 to catch a glimpse of what5 life was like back then, all the while listening to recordings that spin yarns about back in the day. Its fascinating.
Written 3 December 2019
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Smoltman
Courtenay, Canada10,278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We arrived and we were met in a very welcoming manner and the young lady who was manning the Fort was bubbly and full of information. There are lots of buildings and exhibits. We found each one very interesting. It spanned from the late 1800’s to about the mid 1960’s. Lots of great local history and the machinery was interesting as well. Worth the visit.
Written 28 November 2019
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