Butler Point Whaling Museum, Mangonui

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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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  • August 5, 2017
    Very informative and friendly guide helping us to learn all about whaling in Mangonui. The museum was a wealth of information displayed in a very accessable way. The home is beautiful and really well ...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    An excellent, unhurried 1.5 hour tour of the private whaling museum at Butler's Point. The guide was very informative and interesting. We learned a lot we didn't know before! Some original movie foota...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Wow, the far north of New Zealand is quite a beautiful place, Butler Point has view over Mangonui to die for. The Whaling Museum is fascinating in reminding us of how our forbears coped in a wild worl...  more »

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