Your Heritage, Your Museum

“The whole site was wonderful, we’d forgotten how extensive it was.”
“I rate it as the best small museum in the country.”


Nau mai, tautī mai. Welcome to the Okains Bay Museum

Click image to Mobile Storytelling Project PageVisit a very special museum at the heart of historic Okains Bay, gifted to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand by founder Murray Thacker Q.S.M. in 1977.

You will enjoy the relaxed environment as you learn about life on Banks Peninsula and Aotearoa New Zealand in former times. Nationally significant taonga Māori and early Pākehā items are among the exciting range of treasures on display in the museum’s diverse complex of heritage buildings.

We welcome all visitors and aim to do everything we can to make sure every visitor has an enjoyable time. A Visitor Host is on hand to assist you during your visit. If you have any particular requirements or access considerations, please get in touch with us before your visit.

Your visit under the Covid-19 Protection Framework

Okains Bay Museum is a museum for the community and for all Aotearoa New Zealand. Protecting our taonga and our collections is equally as important as keeping our community of visitors, volunteers and staff safe.

When visiting, please wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth, and maintain a physical distance of 1-metre from others not in their group. The NZ COVID Tracing QR code will be available for you to use should you wish.




“wow this is the best Māori museum, this is all about my history, I can’t believe it”.