Waiheke Island Historical Society

P O Box 206, Ostend, Waiheke Island 1843, New Zealand

About us


Covid-19 Disruptions

Museum closed

With the return of the Auckland area to Covid-19 alert level 3, the Museum of Waiheke will be closed to the public until at least 7 March 2021. Stay tuned to this website or to our Facebook page for further developments.

Public events and news

Tanya Batt and Peter Forster

will present their acclaimed show Mary Bumby’s Hive of Story about the woman who brought the bumblebee to New Zealand in 1839.

Place: Museum of Waiheke
Date: Saturday, 13 March 2021, at 3PM (subject to weather and Covid-19 restrictions)
Tickets: $20 (includes admission to the Museum)

Mary Bumby's Hive of Story

Goodwin Cottage refreshed

Our newly-repainted Goodwin Cottage, thanks to Foundation North

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!

New footpaths
No more swimming in the mud...

New concrete paths funded by the Waiheke Local Board

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. Sadly, the 2021 race has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Come join us next year!

New publication

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. The book itself is out of print, but we are looking at publishing a second edition in mid- or late 2021.

Members’ section

Annual General Meeting
will be held (Covid willing) on Sunday, 11 April 2021, at 2PM at the Museum. Changes to our constitution will be on the agenda.

Featured speaker: Logan Moss on the Museum’s new archives.

(Read last year’s minutes and a description of last year’s presentation on the Bulford Kiwi.)
New members always welcome!

Newsletters & Minutes

History of the Society



How to join

For history buffs
and researchers

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

Cemetery transcriptions

1881 electoral roll

1893 women’s electoral roll

Under construction...
The following are coming soon:

Waiheke genealogy

Waiheke land owners in 1914

Directory of Waiheke residents in 1948



The Museum of Waiheke

and Historic Village


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

Covid-19 closure policy

In accordance with New Zealand rules regarding the response of public venues to the various alert levels during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum of Waiheke will observe the following policy:

  • Alert levels 4 and 3: Closed to the public.
  • Alert level 2: Open only when we have volunteers willing to do so. No more than ten visitors are allowed at a time, and all must maintain physical distancing. (We have several buildings so this should not be a problem.)
  • Alert level 1: Open for business as usual.

At all levels visitors are encouraged to sign in either by scanning the QR code (posted at the door) with the Covid-19 Tracer App, or by manually signing the contact tracing sheet on the table by the door. Hand sanitiser and toilets with soap and water are always available. Good hygiene practices are a must, such as coughing into your elbow and staying home if you are feeling unwell. Thank you for your cooperation.

Volunteers Needed -- can you help?

Take a tour of the Museum buildings

The aerial view below is courtesy of Google Maps. Click on any building for more information.

Aerial view of Waiheke Museum Keane Cottage Champion Cottage Goodwin Cottage New Woolshed Police cell Day Cottage

All suggestions regarding this site are welcome. Contact Mark James on 9973 or by E-mail at tmarkjames@yahoo.com.

This page was created on 3 April 2007 and was last modified on 1 March 2021.