Western Bay Museum

Bay of Plenty

Housed in a former fire station, this little regional museum displays a selection of Māori artefacts from the local tribe, Ngāi Te Rangi, along with temporary exhibitions devoted to aspects of the town's heritage, such as the kauri timber industry – a kauri tree larger than Tāne Mahuta once grew in this region, but it was felled in 1939.

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