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Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum

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Maori and colonial history come together in this extensive museum on Banks Peninsula. The Maori artefact building houses some of the rarer objects in the collection. These include a sacred god stick dating back to the year 1400, a war canoe dating back to 1867 and a valuable Akaroa hei tiki recovered in England and brought back to Okains Bay by the museum's founder. Most of the carving on the magnificent Meeting House was done by John Rua, a well-known New Zealand master carver. All traditions and tapu were observed.

Colonial pioneering life is shown in displays in the colonial hall. There are also cottages, stables and working smithy, a print shop, many old horse-drawn gigs and carts and a saddlery.

Collection Type
Historic Site, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconMain Road, Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula
Telephone number icon03-304 8611
Web address iconhttp://www.okainsbaymuseum.co.nz
Email address iconinfo@okainsbaymuseum.co.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address iconMain Road, Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconOpen 10am-5pm daily (closed only on Christmas Day)
Charges iconAdults $10 Children $2 Preschoolers free

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