Your Heritage, Your Museum


Open Labour Weekend, Saturday – Monday, 10 am – 4 pm.


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

The Museum is open during our usual Winter hours during Covid-19 Alert Level 2. 

Escape the city and crowds for a leisurely experience connecting with our heritage and culture. There is ample space for easy physical distancing.

Please keep yourself and our staff safe by wearing your mask and signing in on arrival. Eftpos payment is preferred.

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.

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




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