Waipu Museum

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Waipu Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Waipu Museum documents the migration of 1,000 Highlanders from Scotland to Nova Scotia Canada, then to Australia and New Zealand via South Africa over a 30 year period. Its collections listed with UNESCO are interpreted in an award winning exhibition, a must see for history buffs. The Battle of Culloden and the Industrial Revolution contributed to the Scottish diaspora.
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Andre P
15 contributions
Don't bother
Oct 2020
Waste of time. Nothing of interest, lots of stuff not working, really uninteresting and not as much value as the Mangawhaii museum. Staff were friendly but the exhibits and awful wailing from a soundtrack were really detracting.

I wouldn't recommend this even on a rainy day.

Expensive for what there is.
Written November 5, 2020
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Rose
New Zealand98 contributions
Get in there. Its really good
Aug 2020 • Couples
Really beautifully done for small country museum. Amazing history. Well worth a look. Great shop for souvenirs there.
Written August 23, 2020
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Karen W
Fareham, UK484 contributions
Caledonian heritage celebrated
Mar 2020
An atmospheric heritage site telling the story of the first Scottish settlers. Worth a visit. Shame they didn't allow photos or I've have added one or two (know some people abuse the privilege 'though...)
Written April 13, 2020
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Cat H
6 contributions
Culture and History presented with great care and thought.
Feb 2020
One of THE best small museums of its' kind that I've had the pleasure to visit. The culture and history of the Scottish emigrants who found their way to the Northeast Coast of New Zealand's North island is thoughtfully presented with static and interactive exhibits of artifacts, photos, and original items from the past. One could spend 2 hours inside and not read every display, or review every document but it's well worth every moment you spend. There is a brief video of how this migration began over 150 years ago and how the Scottish influence cradles Waipu's community today. It touched my heart and I will return on my next NZ trip. Great staff greets you at the entrance...and a beautiful gift shop with locally handcrafted items awaits you at the end. Was a 10 for us and we're not even in related to the Clan! Kudos to the curators and staff and volunteers.
Written March 11, 2020
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AlexandBeth
Lymm, UK217 contributions
Very interesting
Jan 2020 • Couples
What a very interesting history Waipu has! Obviously lots of good work has been done in research and collecting items.
The who.e village profits from this from the Scottish Gaelic street names, park and some restaurants.
The museum appears to accurately portray the travels of their particular Founding Fathers!
Written January 23, 2020
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Smoltman
Courtenay, Canada8,879 contributions
Great museum, great history of the Waipu Scottish settlers
Nov 2019 • Couples
This small museum was full of great stories and artifacts of the Scottish settlers who came from Scotland to Nova Scotia to finally settle in and near Waipu. We spent well over an hour looking at the exhibits and reading their story. Very well done!
Written November 25, 2019
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Tambonz
Waipu, New Zealand824 contributions
Brilliant Scots museum
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a must see. Brilliant museum which gives great detail of the lives of the early Scots Gaelic speaking settlers and their positive relations with tangata whenua... The Maori.
Very well pu together.
Written October 19, 2019
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Robinjyates
Auckland, New Zealand91 contributions
Worth a visit
May 2019 • Couples
A worthy local effort, of the history of the early settlers. This is a small community but a very proud one. A bit too detailed for the average tourist, but a great source of historical knowledge for those interested.
Written May 27, 2019
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Lesley2525
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand34 contributions
Well worth a visit
Apr 2019 • Couples
We were amazed to read such in depth history of the settlement of Waipu by such brave people from Scotland all those years ago.
Very interesting and well worth a visit.
Written May 8, 2019
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SarahRob
3 contributions
Interesting but pricey.
Jan 2019 • Family
We enjoyed looking through the Museum. Lots to read and look at. Not really too interesting for our primary kids though.
Written January 26, 2019
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