Okains Bay Māori & Colonial Museum

Museum in Banks Peninsula
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Northeast of Akaroa, this museum has a respectable array of European pioneer artefacts, but it is the nationally significant Māori collection, featuring a replica wharenui (meeting house), waka (canoes), stone tools and personal adornments, that make this a worthwhile detour. Note the cute shop down the road.