Waikato Coalfields Museum

Waikato Coalfields Museum, Huntly Museum, Waikato museumsDisplays 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.

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Glen Afton Line - Heritage Railway

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, 

Glen Afton Line directions to Heritage railway

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.

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Mercer Art and History Museum

Mercer Art and History Museum, Waikato Museums in Waikato district, NZIncludes 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.

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Raglan & District Museum, Te Whare Taonga O Whaingaroa

Raglan Museum and i-Site, Wainui Road, Raglan. Waikato MuseumsExhibits 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.

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Rangiriri Heritage Centre & Cafe

Rangiriri Heritage Centre and CafeBoasts 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.

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Te Kauwhata

Te kauwhata Settlers’ Museum

Te Kauwhata Settlers Museum, Waikato museums, Waikato district, NZThe 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.

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Tuakau & districts Museum

Tuakau and Districts Museum, 10 Liverpool Street, Tuakau. Waikato museums in NZThe 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.

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Woodlands historical homestead

Woodlands historical estate, wedding venue hamilton, gordonton.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

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Visit Waikato

New Zealand has it all… a unique culture combined with natural outdoor experiences in one of the cleanest and most beautiful countries on earth. In the Waikato region, visitors can choose from experiences as diverse as Hobbiton to the world-renown Waitomo caves. Close to home, tourists love our rugged west coast beaches, range of adventure sports and cultural experiences available nowhere else in the world.


The Waikato region is a hub of events and activities for all to enjoy. From Arts at the Port to Zuru Nightglow Balloons Over Waikato, you'll be sure to find a Waikato or Hamilton event that will take your interest.


The Waikato region has a thriving and distinctive creative sector.There are nationally acclaimed artists in the Waikato such as painters, photographers and sculptors, as well as fresh new talent.


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