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Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum

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Address: Main Road | Okains Bay, Christchurch 8161 , New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 8611
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A pleasant surprise

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum and wish we had given ourselves longer to walk around! The Maori style houses were a particular highlight and the vast collection of well looked... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Georgina K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum and wish we had given ourselves longer to walk around! The Maori style houses were a particular highlight and the vast collection of well looked after artefacts. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Georgina K
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

A really interesting country museum - well appointed and looked after with a helpful lady (Christal) to give any extra information needed

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Called in here and were amazed at what was here. A cared for labour of love. So may wonderful pieces of our short history and displayed in an unfussy hands on way. Pieces that had easy to understand explanations. Had no idea how busy life was in these bays in the years gone by. Well worth making time to look... More 

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

What an amazing collection of greenstone and maori tools etc. Went there on a bleak cold day and were made to feel welcome. Also a lot of other very interesting displays of NZ and local history.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Had a wonderful and informative visit here, could have spent much longer than the hour we had. So much to see and read about. Highly recommended to those interested in New Zealand's history.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Off the beaten path but well worth it. Very good displays of Maori art and customs. Good natural history and colonial memorabilia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We spent an easy hour learning all about the colonial and Māori history of this place. So much to see and do - and I am no history buff.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Although its a bit of a hike to get to Okains Bay, it is absolutely worth it. The Museum has a good mix of history and artifacts andis a great supplement to the amazing natural environment at Okains Bay.

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Thank prestj
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

One of the best museum I have been to on the South Island of NZ. It is well worth the trip to see all the history of this part of NZ.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Awesome place, a hidden gem, well worth the trip just for the scenery but the museum is such a pleasure to experience. A shared European and Maori experience that I think achieves balance historically and is full of genuine artefacts, stories and physical presence. Best museum I have been too in a long Time, cheap entry for what u get... More 

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