Te Ahu Museum

Things to do

Te Ahu Museum collects, cares for and keeps alive the precious histories and stories of our district
Te Hiku o Te Ika – The Far North, from early natural history to pre-European Māori settlement and pioneer history.

Located in the Te Ahu Centre in Kaitāia, the Museum showcases the history of the Far North District. The collection includes pre-European Māori artifacts, gum digging, Dalmatian heritage, kauri gum and timber, early shipwrecks, missionary pioneers, the oldest authentic European object found in New Zealand - the mighty de’Surville Anchor and the 500-year-old skeletal remains of the extinct kuri (Polynesian dog). 

There are movies to watch, buttons to push, virtual tours of the landscape and informative exhibitions so visitors of all ages to enjoy.  

The Museum also holds a large archives collection of documents, journals, newspapers, maps and photographs. Over 500 records are online.  

Te Ahu Museum also welcomes school education programmes and group bookings.  

General Museum entry is by donation.

How to Find Us

Cnr South Road & Matthews Ave

Opening Times

Open Monday to Friday
Winter: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Summer: 8.30am to 4.30pm