A new flag
flies over the Museum grounds!
Thanks to a generous donation from the Waiheke chapter of Rotary International, the Historic Village now sports a proper flagpole and flag. Read more
Public events and news
Grant received for repainting
Thanks to a generous grant from the New Hope Op Shop, the Society can now proceed
with some much-needed repainting of Day Cottage, the Police Cell, and the toilet block.
Thank you, New Hope!
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.
Wharf-to-Wharf Fun Run
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Once again, our Museum provided water to passing runners. A fun time was had by all!
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 if you
already have the book, or $3 if you purchase the book too.
Annual General Meeting
was held on Sunday, 2 April 2017, at 2PM at the Museum.
Read the minutes.
New members always welcome!
Newsletters & Minutes
History of the Society
How to join
For history buffs
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) and its
accompanying Story of Waiheke
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 noon to 4:00 PM on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holiday Mondays, all year round. 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.