"Banks Pen.: Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum" Top 5 Page for this destination Akaroa Off The Beaten Path Tip by Kakapo2

Akaroa Off The Beaten Path: 36 reviews and 87 photos

  A history-telling wind rose at the Museum.
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  • A history-telling wind rose at the Museum. - Akaroa
      A history-telling wind rose at the Museum.
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  • The sign on the roof along the road. - Akaroa
      The sign on the roof along the road.
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  • European and Maori buildings around a courtyard. - Akaroa
      European and Maori buildings around a courtyard.
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  • Maori carvings along the entrance to the grounds. - Akaroa
      Maori carvings along the entrance to the grounds.
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  • A part of the fabulous bird collection. - Akaroa
      A part of the fabulous bird collection.
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After the long drive from Akaroa, through rural landscape, and up and down the hill, you nearly cannot believe your eyes when you spot this museum on the right side of the road. It is so well presented, and as we always seem to have blue sky and sunshine when we arrive at Okains Bay ? ok, ok, we do not start our trip if the forecast is for less perfect weather LOL ? the property entrance and the Maori and colonial buildings even look more spectacular. They are perfectly presented, especially the wonderful Maori carvings along the fence (photo 4).

A visit is as relaxed as you can expect at such a remote place. Normally you try to find someone, so you can pay your entry fee.

The restored colonial buildings, the museum, the beautifully carved Maori meeting house and food store are located around a central lawn (photo 3). The European buildings include cottages, stables, a print shop, a blacksmith shop, stationary engines and a saddlery.

In total the collection of Maori and European settlement includes more than 20,000 artefacts. In the museum you can learn a lot about Maori life, from their way of fishing, catching birds (including the terrible snares which killed the huge NZ woodpigeons), life and customs, you see their tools, weapons, clothes, homeware, jewellery, and a big selection of boats. While we were there an old chap came and asked if we had questions. Good service, I think. And if you are interested in birds, there is a huge collections of stuffed animals (photo 5) .

Open daily 10am ? 5pm (except Christmas Day)

Entry fee $6 (children $2)

Address: Main Road, Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula

I split this Museum tip up into several tips because it is not just a small village?s museum but highlights the history of the entire Banks Peninsula.

othercontact: okains.museum@xtra.co.nz
Phone: (03) 304 8611

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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