Waikato Coalfields Museum
Displays explore the lives of miners and their families who worked and lived in the Waikato coalfields. A video introduces visitors to coal mining and exhibits include a reconstructed mine tunnel, mining equipment and machinery and displays recording the Ralph and Glen Afton mining disasters. There are displays on school life, recreation and costume plus the district’s coal mining collection.
Waikato Coalfields Museum, Harlock Place, Huntly
Cost: Entry by koha/donation
This Museum is currently closed pending relocation.
Glen Afton Line - Heritage Railway
The Glen Afton Line shows working examples of New Zealand's engineering heritage. Explore the sheds, sidings, many rare and historic locomotives, rolling stock and stationary items. Bring a picnic lunch for a relaxing and enjoyable day out for all.
Glen Afton Line (Bush Tramway Club), 1153A Rotowaro Road, Glen Afton, Huntly.
Cost: Adults $15, School children $5, pre-schoolers free,
Jigger rides extra $2.
Open: First sunday of the month between April and December. Trains depart hourly from 10.00am, with the last train leaving at 3.00pm. Also operate specially-organised charter trains for groups by arrangement.
Mercer Art and History Museum
Includes a collection of historic photos featuring river trade on the Waikato River and the history of Mercer.
Mercer Art and History Museum, 7 Roose Road, Mercer.
Cost: Entry by koha/donation
Open: Friday and Saturday, 10am to 2pm. Other times by arrangement.
Raglan & District Museum, Te Whare Taonga O Whaingaroa
Exhibits cover Māori history and Taonga (māori treasures), settler and farming life, surfing, natural science, photography and town life history.
Raglan & District Museum, 15 Wainui Road, Raglan (entrance via Raglan i-Site information centre)
Cost: Adults $2, Children $1, preschoolers free.
Open: 9.30am to 6.00pm daily. Closed Christmas Day and the morning of ANZAC Day.
Rangiriri Heritage Centre & Cafe
Boasts a unique collection of memorabilia compiled by historian and teacher Pat Gaitely, dating from the 1863 Battle of Rangiriri. The collection is housed in the café and adjacent theatrette. There is a sympathetic audio-visual portrayal of the land war. The cemetery opposite is where all the soldiers and many Māori were buried. Close by is Te Wherowhero's redoubt and the pa where the battle was fought.
Rangiriri Heritage Centre, 12 Rangiriri Road, Rangiriri
Cost: $3 per person or by small donation if dining in the cafe. Entrance through the cafe.
Open: 9.00am to 3.00pm daily. Group bookings welcome.
Te kauwhata Settlers’ Museum
The Settlers Museum is the oldest house in Te Kauwhata and is situated in the Aparangi Retirement Village. It holds items and information relating to Te Kauwhata and surrounding districts; Rangiriri, Waerenga, Okaeria, Taniwha, Waiterimu.
Te Kauwhata Settlers' Museum, Homestead Rise, Aparangi, Te Kauwhata (Ph: 07 826 7835)
Cost: Adults $2, Children $1, Famiy $5, Groups of 20+ $25.
Open: By appointment. For visits to the Settlers Museum, contact Pam Baird.
Tuakau & districts Museum
The collection emphasises the rich history of the local area with colonial and Māori exhibits, a military section, natural history items, an extensive collection of tools and agricultural implements. A reading and records room is useful for those doing family research, as is the growing collection of old photographs.
Tuakau & District Museum, 10 Liverpool Street, Tuakau
Cost: Adults $2, Children $1
Open: Thursdays 9.30am to 12.00pm, Sundays 1.00pm to 3.30pm. Other times by arrangement.
Woodlands historical homestead
Woodlands is a treasured historic estate situated in Gordonton, only10 minutes from Hamilton. Woodlands is a peaceful setting ideal for conferences and meetings and is one of the Waikato Region's most popular wedding venues.
This unique location offers the perfect setting for a range of functions or just enjoy a casual visit and tour of the historic homestead and gardens. Take time to watch the multi-media presentation outlining the the estate's fascinating history.
There is ample parking for cars, vans and buses
Entry to the Gardens is free, donations are accepted.
Cost: $2 adults, Under 15 free.
All money raised from this entry fee helps to maintain, administer and develop the estate for the enjoyment of all.
Woodlands Historic Homestead - Monday to Sunday - 10am till 3pm
Woodlands Gardens - Open 7 days - 10am till 3pm
Prof's @ Woodlands Cafe - Open 7 days from 9.00am