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Auckland War Memorial Museum
The Auckland War Memorial Museum (or simply the Auckland Museum) is one of New Zealand's most important national museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history.

Bluff Maritime Museum
The Bluff Maritime Museum is located in New Zealand's southern-most port of Bluff. The museum is situated on Foreshore Road and contains an extensive collection of Bluff's maritime heritage. Being near the ancient M?ori settlement of Omaui and as the oldest European settled community in New Zealand, Bluff's history illustrates the blending of two cultures and the shared community spirit, with the sea remaining as the central focus for many locals.

Canterbury Museum
The Canterbury Museum is a museum located in Christchurch, New Zealand in the city's Cultural Precinct. This small provincial museum was built in 1867 and has since grown in size to encompass New Zealand's diverse natural and human heritage. The Museum has become a widely-renowned and an internationally-visited institution.

Exscite Science Centre
Exscite Science Centre, part of the Waikato Museum, is an interactive science center designed to teach children about science. It is located in the CBD of Hamilton, New Zealand. "Exscite" stands for Explorations in Science and Technology.

Fell Engine Museum in Featherston
The Fell Engine Museum in Featherston, New Zealand, is a museum based around the only remaining Fell railway locomotive in the world. This locomotive, number H 199, climbed 265 metres (870 ft) up the 4.8-kilometre (3.0 mi) Rimutaka Incline using John Barraclough Fell's unique method of four grip wheels on a raised center rail.

Ferrymead Heritage Park
Ferrymead Heritage Park is a historical museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, housing a number of groups with historical themes, the most frequent of which is transport. Formerly known as Ferrymead Historic Park, it was founded in the mid 1960s by a number of groups, local government bodies and other interested parties. It is in the Heathcote Valley, at the site of New Zealand's first public railway.

Mission House at Kerikeri
The Mission House at Kerikeri in New Zealand was completed in 1822 as part of the Kerikeri Mission Station by the Church Missionary Society, and is New Zealand’s oldest surviving building. It is sometimes known as Kemp House. Samuel Marsden established the Anglican mission to New Zealand with lay preachers, who lived in the Bay of Islands under the protection of Hongi Hika, the chief of the local tribe, the Ngapuhi. In November 1819, Marsden purchased 13,000 acres (53 km²) from the Ngapuhi.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum of New Zealand. It is branded and commonly known as Te Papa and Our Place; "Te Papa Tongarewa" is broadly translatable as "the place of treasures of this land". The museum collection's code is MNZ.

Museum of Wellington City & Sea
The Museum of Wellington City & Sea is a museum in Wellington, New Zealand. It occupies the Bond Store, a historic building on Jervois Quay on the waterfront of Wellington Harbour. The conversion of this building into a museum building was completed in 1999.


Otago Museum
The Otago Museum is situated in Dunedin. It is Otago's largest cultural and heritage institution, with a collection of over two million artefacts and specimens from the fields of natural science and human history. It is located close to the University of Otago in Dunedin North, some 1500 metres northeast of the city centre.

Otago Settlers Museum
The Otago Settlers Museum is a regional history museum in Dunedin, New Zealand covering the territory of the old Otago Province, New Zealand from the Waitaki River south. It is New Zealand's oldest and most extensive history museum. It is located in the heart of the city close to other prominent buildings such as Dunedin Railway Station, some 500 metres from the city centre (The Octagon).

Pompallier Mission
Pompallier Mission is a nineteenth-century building located in Russell, New Zealand which once served as the headquarters to the French Catholic mission to the Western Pacific. It is named after Jean Baptiste Pompallier, the first vicar apostolic to visit New Zealand, who founded a number of missions in the North Island.

QEII Army Memorial Museu
The QEII Army Memorial Museum at Waiouru, New Zealand is the main museum of the New Zealand Army. It is in the middle of the North Island on State Highway 1, near the Waiouru Army Base. There are several armored vehicles and artillery pieces on open air displays around the museum building.

Rural Heritage Southland
Rural Heritage Southland is a Heritage Trust that was established in 2002. Originally it was designed to illustrate family farm life in Southland, New Zealand from the inter-war period of 1925-1935. The focus has now shifted to include all southern rural heritage (such as agriculture, horticulture, machinery, farm equipment and oral history). As such, the Rural Heritage Southland now has assumed more of a stewardship role of safeguarding and promoting the rural past through its various projects.

South Taranaki District Museum Patea
The South Taranaki District Museum Patea, South Taranaki, New Zealand, is a noteworthy archive of district information, articles and items. It is located on State Highway 3 through Patea. The central section of the museum is the oldest colonial building in South Taranaki. It was built in 1869 and housed Taplin and Muir's General Store at the time of the first government sale of town sections in 1870.

Southland Museum and Art Gallery
The Southland Museum and Art Gallery is located in Gala Street, Invercargill. It is Southland's largest cultural and heritage institution, and contains a wide variety of the region's art, history and natural history collections.

Colonial Cottage Museum
The Colonial Cottage Museum built in 1858 is located on Nairn Street in the suburb of Mount Cook, Wellington, New Zealand. It has been identified as Wellington's oldest building. The Cottage was built in a late Georgian style and is similar to other houses built from that time through to about 1870. The Cottage was built by William Wallis who arrived in New Zealand in September 1867 with his wife Catherine.

Tokomaru Steam Museum
Tokomaru is a small town in the district of Horowhenua, in the southwestern North Island of New Zealand. Tokomaru is best known for the Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum, a collection of antique steam engine machinery, much of it still operational and run on certain days. Highlights include a 1904 Fowler traction engine, an 1897 Aveling & Porter portable engine and a huge 335 hp Filer & Stowell stationary engine-compressor ex the Imlay Freezing Works, Wanganui.

Waikato Museum
The Waikato Museum is situated in Hamilton, New Zealand. Previously called the Waikato Museum of Art and History, the full name has been shortened in recent years due to the incorporation of the Exscite Science Centre, and the emphasis on Tangata Whenua or Maori Studies. Its current address is 1 Grantham Street, in the south end of the main CBD of Hamilton, where it has been based since 1987.

Waimarino Museum
The Waimarino Museum in Raetihi township chronicles the people, events, and history of the Central Plateau region of New Zealand's North Island. The Museum includes the railway station building from the terminus of the Raetihi Branch. It was originally situated on Station Road which lies off to the right over the Makotuku River bridge on the road to Ohakune. The railway reached Raetihi in 1917 and played a vital part in the logging industry. The line was closed to passengers in 1951 and shut completely in 1968 with the decline in tree felling & milling.

Rotorua Museum of Art and History
The museum is housed in the historic Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. Rotorua Museum opened in the South Wing of the Bath House in 1969 and Rotorua Art Gallery opened in the North wing in 1977. In 1988 the two operations combined to become Rotorua Museum of Art and History.

New Zealand National Maritime Museum
Exhibition galleries include 14 themed galleries, a temporary exhibition gallery, and an art gallery specializing in maritime art. Located in Auckland.

Kauri Museum
The Kauri Museum at Matakohe in the North of New Zealand is one of the countries most amazing theme museums. Approximately 95,000 people visit our internationally acclaimed museum every year. This is a real Must See Attraction for anyone visiting Northland.

Lakes District Museum
Lakes District Museum, situated in the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, is just 20 minutes drive from New Zealand's premier resort, Queenstown. The museum provides information on accommodation and is a booking agent for visitor attractions in Queenstown and Arrowtown. Our retail area has a wide selection of new and second hand publications, maps and art prints. The archives and research facility is popular with family historians and researchers.

Rugby Museum of New Zealand
Welcome to the New Zealand Rugby Museum, the oldest and arguably the first museum in the world devoted to the oval ball code. It contains New Zealand's biggest and most comprehensive collection of rugby memorabilia and records, including some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts. The extensive photo library provides rare and detailed coverage of the emergence of New Zealand as a major rugby power.

Fighter Pilots Museum
Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the South Island of New Zealand is an amazing collection of airworthy World War II fighters. Wanaka Airport is host to the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum which was established by aviation enthusiast Sir Tim Wallis.

Welcome to PATAKA - The cultural heart of Porirua City. A museum and art gallery that is dedicated to celebrating the region's heritage and showcasing the very best in contemporary Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand art.

Wellington Cable Car Museum
Located just a few metres from the cable car's upper terminus and from a lookout with spectacular views over Wellington, this museum tells the story of the country's only remaining public cable car system.

North Otago Museum
North Otago Museum Mission is to encourage an appreciation and understanding of the district’s natural and cultural heritage.

Classics Museum
The Classics Museum houses a small collection of Greek and Roman artefacts, not all of which are on display. Some have been purchased by the Classics programme, while others are on loan from the British Museum, National Museum of Athens or private owners.

Police Museum
The New Zealand Police Museum collects evidence of our history in action. Historical objects and original evidence are used in displays that tell the story of the formation of New Zealand's Police as well as their changing role in areas such as drug and alcohol enforcement. Many major historical events also feature, including the 1913 strikes, 1981 Springbok Tour, the Erebus plane disaster and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.