Excellent local museum, recently refurbished after the earthquakes. Entry by donation (no pressure, just a box at the entrance). Information and history is conveyed through human-interest and story, photographs, interactive screens, and a modest number of artifacts. They have resisted the temptation to clutter the place, so the overall impression is one of the many and varied elements of the local history both (Maori and European). Don't miss the movie being played in the restored courthouse that is part of the complex.