Your Heritage, Your Museum

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


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. 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.

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.

As a public facility, under the Covid-19 Protection Framework (the ‘traffic light’ system), the Museum requires all people entering our grounds and facilities to have a current ‘My Vaccine Pass’. This is effective from 3 December 2021 until further notice. This will enable the Museum to operate to maximum capacity at each level, and enhance the safety of all onsite.

At the point of entry, all people over the age of 12 must please:

    • present their ‘My Vaccine Pass’,
    • record their visit using the NZ COVID Tracing App or sign-in sheet,
    • wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth,
    • maintain physical distancing of 1-metre from others not in their group.

We realise that this will curtail the ability of those who are not fully vaccinated and do not hold an exemption to visit the museum until these regulations change. We look forward to the time when we can all freely gather together again as we did before COVID.




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