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Kia ora and welcome to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga, one of the Bay of Plenty’s oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Maori and Pakeha, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today...more
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Our guide, dressed in period costume, gave us an excellent tour of the Elms Mission House, the chapel, the library and the gardens. This was time well spent -- it is easy to forget the hardships that people once endured to further the Christian message.
I did this as a tour from the Golden Princess tours this was very informative our guide was wonderful and knew her stuff about the mission and the gardens were wonderfully kept and the walk around them were also nice and also went through to...More
We visited the Elms recently and were guided around the property by Terry, who we found to be a very personable and informative guide.
We very much ed enjoyed the sense of place and history the house and grounds imbue.
Would highly recommend a visit...More
We stepped back in time with our excellent guide Judy who had a real passion for the preservation of the historic Elms Mission. The grounds alone are charming and you could easily spend an hour exploring the different trees, shrubs and flowers. Our guided tour...More
You can transport yourself back in time here. It is not a stuffy old house because the guides bring it to life and add colour to the items on show. They also point out what the coastline would have looked like when the mission was...More
This lovely building is tucked away in Mission Street and I only noticed it trying to find parking off Cameron. I had been to Gate Pa, the scene of the historic battle between local Maori and the occupying British forces, and followed up with visit...More
We visited the Elms and were lucky enough to have one of the family take us on a tour around the house and library. Our guide had lived there with her grandparents and listening not only to the history of the home and family but...More