Your Heritage, Your Museum

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

Visit 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.

Enjoy the relaxed environment as you learn about life on Banks Peninsula and Aotearoa New Zealand in former times. 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.

“The whole site was wonderful, we’d forgotten how extensive it was.”



  • Experience Aotearoa New Zealand history and culture in a unique rural setting.
  • Discover our extensive collections housed in a range of replica and relocated heritage buildings.
  • View our nationally significant collection of taonga Māori.
  • Draw inspiration from the beautiful Okains Bay landscape.
  • Enjoy Nights at the Museum in our retro Museum Bach or the bunk-style Grandstand Accommodation, both located on the museum grounds.


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


Learn about a selection of our permanent exhibitions