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Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum

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Main Road | Okains Bay, Christchurch 8161, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was well worth the drive as a very interesting private collection from a man that lived in the area all his life, in an old cheese factory as some of the best Maori items any were and lots of neat old farm equipment and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Denise D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a pretty self-exploratory museum, and you’ll see several interesting artefacts at your own pace. Getting there can be challenging as you would have to negate steep narrow winding slopes on your way there, which can be challenging for campervans, but I managed to get...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Flymehigh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was unexpected and deserves a location like Christchurch. Friendly people and really interesting local history of the Peninsula and particularly the Maori history. Some amazing exhibits dating back to the mid 1800's. 2 magnificent Waka on display that are used every Waitangi Day.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018

This little whanau run local museum is a total treasure house of Maori artefacts and local history. It's very intimate and personal to the person who set it up and is a lovely place for a day trip in easy striking distance of Christchurch.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank milliesmum2016
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Quite a comprehensive collection of Maori artefacts - some not found in more "professional" museums such as the Canterbury Museum. Even Te Papa doesn't have as many stuffed huia birds! Just a pity more items are noted dated or explained better. A cafe would be...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank zhuhai2007
Reviewed 4 October 2018

This gem of a museum is stunning. So full of memorabilia and artefacts which are historical treasures that are not usually seen in museums. The stuffed whole huia birds are treasures which although sad ( there are five of them & you think that it...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Trippytrekker
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Drove past this museum on our way to the beach at OKains bay. There are plenty of picnic places for lunch. We found one only to have birds looking for food. We took our own food and put rubbish into the bins We quite happily...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Maggie G
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This is one of the most authentic collections of Maori and European settler artifacts I have seen and I would guess the most comprehensive in the South Island. So interesting!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank deborah M
Reviewed 7 August 2018

went there for Waitangi day, it was a good old fashioned kiwi room with some nice maori carvings but nothing that blew me away

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank MattS6831
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

We took the scenic (tourist) route before arriving at Akaroa, and decided to view Okains Bay. Happened upon the museum and thoroughly enjoyed both the exhibits and the wonderful people (volunteers, I believe) running the museum. One of them even offered me the loan of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from wilkiaj | Reviewed this property |
You buy the tickets at the museum