Butler Point Whaling Museum, Mangonui
(4.8/5 based on 30 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 found this place through TA reviews of the area. Slightly annoying that we needed to book in advance as we were trying to be a little more flexible on our holiday. Also, when we got to the chained g...  more »
  • Who knew this was even there. It surely is a hidden gem. Available by appoinment only but worth it. The grounds are beautiful and perfect for a picnic 
  • I was rather unexcited to make the visit but it blew my mind. The staff are amazing with their knowledge and the whole experience was fantastic