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Mercury Bay Museum

Te rohe - Location
Mercury Bay Museum 11A The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510

Ngā haora mahi - Opening hours
Open every day 10am to 4pm - there are some days we are closed - please check our website for up-to-date hours of operation

Te utu - Admission
Adult - $7.50
NZ Seniors - $6.00
Locals - $6.00 (living in Thames Coromandel District)
Child - $2.00 12 and under
Students - $6.00 - 13 years and up
Family, two adults and two to four children $15.00

The Cook display, in the full sized copy of the great cabin of HMB Endeavour depicts Cook in full dress uniform, Joseph Banks, botanist and a cabin boy. The intricate carving on the stern is copied from the replica Endeavour. A thirty-five minute DVD Twelve Days - Captain Cook in Mercury Bay can be viewed and/or purchased for
In the foyer is a full sized statue of Kupe, his wife and his tohunga.
Kupe named an area along the beach after his marae in Tahiti, Taputapuatea. The family room houses photos of settler families who have been here for over one hundred years, and aerial photos showing the development of the township of Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay area.
Down the ramp into the Museum is a display of artifacts, then onto the history of the tangata whenua. There is an exhibition of the wreck of HMS Buffalo, (1840) and a Coastal Port exhibition. Further into the Museum is the agricultural exhibition, including the butter churn standing in the same spot as it did when the building was a butter factory. There is a 1953 school room, a nature display of birds of this area, a blacksmith shop and the very popular Kauri Room.

Right across the wharf and the ferry service, our Museum stands on an historic site, as before the dairy factory was built it was the site of the Kauri Timber Company Mill. Prior to that, the site was an urupa; the two crew members who lost their lives in the HMS Buffalo were buried there.

Ngā momo kohinga -
Collection Strengths


Natural history and sciences

Social history

Taonga Māori


Ngā wāhi -

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    Reference library

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    Public programmes

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    Guided tours

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    Wheelchair access

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    Function space

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  • Other facilities

    Museum brochures

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