Town Centre Museums
Two very special museums reside at the Town Basin; the Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi and Claphams National Clock Museum, but these will soon be joined by the new hundertwasser art gallery
Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi
The Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi is the permanent home to the city’s outstanding art collection that embraces both heritage and contemporary art work and offers a captivating insight into the District’s history. The Museum also has many internally curated and national touring exhibitions.
Claphams National Clock Museum
Claphams National Clock Museum has the largest collection of timepieces in the Southern Hemisphere, with a collection of clocks, that can be rare and exquisite, or quirky and fun. There are many other gadgets that will surprise and delight both you and your children.
Reyburn House, a New Zealand Historic Places Trust Category 2 listed, and Whangarei’s oldest, the colonial building sits along the waterfront and now operates as an art gallery and is home to the Northland Society of Arts. Built in the 1870s the building has been lovingly preserved and is surrounded by landscaped gardens.
Kiwi North Kiwi North is home of the Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park. It has extensive Māori and early settler collections, displays on the natural history of Northland, local industries and events, photograph and archive collections, and frequent special exhibitions.
Some of the attractions are:
- Kiwi House with living natural history - kiwi, tuatara and gecko
- Heritage Park with 360° views of Whangarei and the harbour
- Bush Walks
- Clarke Family homestead
- Historic Oruaiti Chapel
- Authentic Riponui Pah School
- Event Days
- Northland Observatory
- Native Bird Recovery Centre
- Vintage restoration clubs
Throughout the year there is a range of educational programmes offered, using the Kiwi House, Museum and Heritage Park.