Museum is open!
After three months of lockdown, the Museum of Waiheke reopened to the public on Saturday, 20 June 2020. Normal opening days and hours are now in effect.
New date for AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Waiheke Island Historical Society, postponed from the original date of 5 April 2020, was held on Sunday, 5 July 2020, 2PM at the Museum. Speaker: Colleen Brown on the Bulford Kiwi.
The Museum held its annual Live Heritage Day on the Sunday of Labour Weekend (27 October),
from 11AM to 3PM. Weather was perfect and a good crowd turned out — in spite of the theft of our water pump the previous night!
Goodwin Cottage refreshed
When you see an old building with peeling paint you think no one cares, but Foundation North do,
and so with heartfelt thanks to them we now have a heritage cottage looking very smart and cared
for, beautifully painted by Graeme O’Brien whose family has a long history with our island.
Some of our volunteers have been working hard to refresh the interior, with new furniture and
items on display. Come have a look!
No more swimming in the mud...
Thanks to some generous funding from the Waiheke Local Board, there is now a fully-concreted
path from the carpark to the Museum buildings. Even in our soggy weather, you can now visit the Museum
with dry feet.
We’re featured on the Sealink Roadtrip
Our Museum is featured on Sealink’s Art & Culture Roadtrip. Have a look!
The History Quiz
That’s right — a trivia quiz with
no science, no rugby, no Hollywood! We plan on making it a regular
event for the Historical Society. Members and non-members welcome.
Wharf2Wharf Fun Run
Saturday, 14 March 2020
Once again, our Museum provided water to passing runners. Come join us next year!
Dixie Day’s book Waiheke Pioneers, the standard reference for early European
settlement on Waiheke, finally has an index — after 25 years! The index can be purchased at the Museum for $4 (note that the book itself is now out of print).
Annual General Meeting
was held on Sunday, 5 July 2020, at 2PM at the Museum.
Speaker: Colleen Brown on “The Bulford Kiwi”.
(Read the minutes.)
New members always welcome!
Newsletters & Minutes
History of the Society
How to join
For history buffs
Waiheke Vintage & Historic Photos
Peter Young’s Facebook page on Waiheke history
Early History of Waiheke Island
A missionary on Waiheke Island in 1849
A visit to Waiheke Island in 1858
A Belgian city in Rocky Bay?
Surfdale memories from the 1940s
The Waiheke Fun-Map (1948)
The 1922 subdivision of the Matiatia-Oneroa Estate
1881 electoral roll
1893 women’s electoral roll
The following are coming soon:
Waiheke land owners in 1914
Directory of Waiheke residents in 1948
The Museum of Waiheke
and Historic Village
Experience a slice of Old Waiheke at the Waiheke Museum and Historic Village.
- A reconstructed woolshed housing the Museum’s main exhibits
- A 1930s-style island cottage (Day Cottage) that can be used as a meeting room
- Three small bach-style houses (Champion,
Keane, and Goodwin cottages)
with period rooms and photo exhibits
- A working, manually-operated telephone exchange
- The original Waiheke jail
- Being developed: The Taonga Heritage Gardens
- Maori artifacts, a wool press, a whale-oil cauldron, a player piano, and even a fine old long-drop toilet! (No, not in actual use; we have modern ones for visitors.)
The Museum is located at 165 Onetangi Straight, Waiheke Island, and is open from 11 AM to 3 PM on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holiday Mondays, all year round (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Entry is by donation; we suggest $3 per person.
How to find us
Take a tour of the Museum buildings
The aerial view below is courtesy of Google Maps. Click on any building for more information.