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Butler Point Whaling Museum and 1840s House

Trace the history of Mangonui as a whaling port at this privately-owned museum. You will also be visiting the site of a Maori pa, which was occupied when the first American whale ship visited in 1792. Excavations of the pa by the Department of Conservation have uncovered many Maori artefacts which have been deposited by Ngati Kahu elders for the museum's safe keeping by the museum. Many American artefacts have also been found.

Harpoons from hand held to present day, objects from whalebone and tooth ivory, and a variety of scrimshaw work - including the baton of arguably the first US Consul in New Zealand, W Fletcher are also on display. Captain William Butler's 1840 house is adjacent to the museum building.

Collection Type
Historic Site, History, Maritime, Open Air, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconPO Box 195, Mangonui
Telephone number icon64-9-406 0006
Web address iconhttp://www.butlerpoint.co.nz
Email address iconbutler.point@xtra.co.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address iconHi Hi, Mangonui RD1, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconBy appointment
Charges iconAdult $10 Child $2 Children under 6 free

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