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Whangarei Museum

Whangarei Museum
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Whangarei Museum
PO Box 10-135, Te Mai
Whangarei 0143
New Zealand


The Whangarei Museum and Kiwi House at Heritage Park visitor attractions are Museum Exhibition Centre, live Kiwi, Gecko, Historic buildings, bush walks, Live Days, events, early maori and settler collections, native species, night viewing and train rides.

Inside our Kiwi House

Day is transformed into night when our most famous native bird, the kiwi, wakes up. Here you will see a kiwi foraging for food as it would in the wild. The Kiwi is a nocturnal animal and the Kiwi House is kept dark so that visitors can see the bird in its natural enviroment. The Kiwi House was opened in 1990 raising public awareness of the endangered North Island Brown Kiwi. Our mandate is to promote and protect our endangered native species in partnership with other conservation organizations.

Gecko House

You will also have an opportunity to visit the Gecko House – but you will have to look hard as the gecko is a master of camouflage.

Entry Fee

Includes entry to Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park grounds

Adult $10, Child over 3 to 16yrs $5, Under 3’s free, Family pass $25 (2 adults and 2 children) Prices in NZ Dollars

Guided Tours

During guided tours the habitat and territorial behaviour is explained and the impact of predators on this New Zealand national icon.


Winter hours

1st May to 30th September 10am to 3pm

Summer hours

1st October to 30th April 10am to 4pm

Office hours

9am to 4.30pm daily.

+64 9 438 9630
+64 9 430 8462
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