The Whare Taonga houses some of the rarer objects that have been collected by Mr Murray Thacker over many years.
These include a sacred god stick dating back to the year 1400, a war canoe dating back to 1867 and a valuable Akaroa hei tiki recovered from England and bought back to Okains Bay by the Museum's founder.
There are also metal items like cooking pots and binoculars from the 1800s from the period when Europeans began to interact with Maori.


An outstanding collection of Maori flutes, which you can hear being played is one of the highlights of this area.