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The Elms

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A beautifully preserved piece of history

We stepped back in time with our excellent guide Judy who had a real passion for the preservation... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
donna b
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
One of the highlights in the area

The gardens are nice to walk around. The Guide gave us an informed tour of the Mission house and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Charles K
Winchester, United Kingdom
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Kia ora and welcome to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga, one of the Bay of Plenty’s oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Maori and Pakeha, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today...more
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15 Mission Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
+64 7-577 9772
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We stepped back in time with our excellent guide Judy who had a real passion for the preservation of the historic Elms Mission. The grounds alone are charming and you could easily spend an hour exploring the different trees, shrubs and flowers. Our guided tour...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank donna b
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The gardens are nice to walk around. The Guide gave us an informed tour of the Mission house and surrounds as well as some of the history and the battles fought in the area.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Charles K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found this very interesting. What a strong people the settlers were. Many things they got out here i do not know how. Women and children too.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 555glo
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can transport yourself back in time here. It is not a stuffy old house because the guides bring it to life and add colour to the items on show. They also point out what the coastline would have looked like when the mission was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ian N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lovely building is tucked away in Mission Street and I only noticed it trying to find parking off Cameron. I had been to Gate Pa, the scene of the historic battle between local Maori and the occupying British forces, and followed up with visit...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank jollyrobert
Reviewed 11 January 2019

We visited the Elms and were lucky enough to have one of the family take us on a tour around the house and library. Our guide had lived there with her grandparents and listening not only to the history of the home and family but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Go55
Reviewed 11 January 2019

We only found this due to the hop on hop off bus and are so glad we spent an hour there. What an interesting place and to have a tour guide that explained the history was fabulous. Definitely check this out whether you are a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jenwal23
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed the tour around the Elms! We visited in January 2018. The staff were lovely - We were greeted with umbrellas as it was raining, and were shown around all the rooms. The buildings and gardens are beautiful 🖤

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank raakel-joy
Reviewed 4 January 2019

The oldest mission house in NZ. Incredible to see such neat building when timber was hand sawn from huge kauri logs using a saw pit. Some furniture arrived by boat as a flat pack in the late 1800's. The house was occupied until 1992. A...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mark F
Reviewed 31 December 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this place and highly recommend and will definitely return in the near future and the guide and facilities were excellent and was very informative. Groups were small when I was there and the guide interacted well with the party.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank muzzanz1
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27 December 2018|
Response from TheElmsFoundation | Property representative |
Hi Adult International $15pp, Tauranga Residents $7.50pp, Other NZers $10pp. Children half price.