Tairawhiti Museum

Tairawhiti Museum information

Gisborne , New Zealand
Street 18 Stout St
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adult/child $5/free, Mon free
Opening hours
10am-4pm Mon-Sat, 1.30-4pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

The Tairawhiti Museum focuses on East Coast Maori and colonial history. Its gallery is Gisborne’s arts hub, with rotating exhibits, and excellent historic photographic displays. There's also a maritime wing, with displays on waka , whaling and Cook’s Poverty Bay, although these pale in comparison to the vintage surfboard collection.

There’s a shop and tearoom-style cafe overlooking Kelvin Park, while outside is the reconstructed Wyllie Cottage (1872), Gisborne’s oldest house.