Butler Point Whaling Museum, Mangonui

(4.8/5 based on 35 reviews on the web)
Butler Point Whaling Museum is located at Hihi, near Mangonui in New Zealand’s Doubtless Bay, a centre for whaling fleets in the 1820s-1850s.The museum comprises the house built in the 1840s by early settler William Butler, an earlier Church Missionary Society house from the Waimate Mission moved to the site by Butler, both fitted with original furniture.and a recently built whaling museum, with a restored fully equipped whaling boat, tryworks, a collection of harpoons, models, scrimshaw and artefacts from the whalers who called into Doubtless Bay, including Charles W. Morgan. There are also substantial gardens and grounds surrounding the museum, including a 10.9 metre circumference Pōhutukawa tree, claimed to be the world’s largest. The owners and curators, (a retired ophthalmologist and his wife), live in the grounds.
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  • I had read about Butler Point in my guide book but didn't think a trip was likely as you had to pre book. We wandered into the tourist information in Mangonui to see a visit that very day advertised o...  more »
  • The whole family enjoyed this. The guide was great and very good explaining to the children and answering their questions. fascinating tale of whaling and great format having the guided tour. Museum w...  more »
  • Wonderful guide - very interesting place-- the setting was lovely and the museum had many artifacts of great interest. suitable for all ages providing parents keep an eye on younger children. We had a...  more »