Waiheke Island Historical Society

165 Onetangi Road, RD1, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand

About us


Monthly Heritage Events

The Historical Society is planning regular events celebrating Waiheke’s and New Zealand’s heritage and crafts. These will normally occur on the first Sunday of every month starting at 12 noon. Here are the next few:

  • 3 Sept 2023: Rug making, by Kate Bryant
  • 1 Oct 2023: New Zealand folk songs with The Wellermen (Alan Knight and Tom French)
    The Wellermen
  • 8 Oct 2023 from 2 to 4:30PM (special): Tanya Batt, stories and film (see at right)
  • 5 Nov 2023: Spinning and weaving, by Cheryl Lyall
  • 3 Dec 2023: Christmas wreath making

Ideas for future events are welcome. Got something you’d like to show off? Talk to us!

Republication of Waiheke Pioneers

Dixie Day’s book Waiheke Pioneers, the standard reference for early European settlement on Waiheke, had been out of print for five years, but we have published a second, revised edition. The book launch took place in conjunction with our AGM on 12 June 2022. You can purchase the book at the Museum or at retail stores around the island, or order it online.

Goodwin Cottage handrail

Goodwin Cottage handrail, thanks to Paul Wise

Thanks to island handyman Paul Wise, the steps up to Goodwin Cottage now have a handrail to help our disabled visitors enter the cottage. Paul is also responsible for the brick edging that now graces the pathways between cottages. Thank you Paul!

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 races were cancelled in 2021, 2022, and 2023, but are on for 21 January 2024. Come join us next year!

Members’ section

Annual General Meeting
was held on Sunday, 30 April 2023, at 2PM at the Museum. This was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Historical Society, and the 40th of our Museum. A birthday cake was enjoyed!
(Read the minutes.)

New members are 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



Our contribution to the Auckland Heritage Festival:

Tea, Scones and Nuclear Disarmament

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

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 18 September 2023.