Te Ahu Heritage Museum

The Te Ahu Heritage Museum in Kaitaia holds a remarkable collection. Its purpose is to illuminate the stories and histories of the very Far North district [Te Hiku o te Ika] of New Zealand. Treasures among the pre-European Maori collection include greenstone, early carvings and the 500 year old skeletal remains of the extinct kuri [ Polynesian dog]. Other major themes are gum digging and the Dalmatians, kauri gum and timber, early shipwrecks, missionary pioneers. The Museum has a large archives collection – documents, journals, newspapers, maps and photographs from the extensive Northwood Collection. It is the proud home of the first European item left in New Zealand, the mighty de Surville anchor.

Contact Details

Cnr South Rd. & Matthews Ave Kaitaia, 0410




Kaaren Mitcalfe - Manager / Curator Lynda Hammond - Archivist

Visitor Information

Cnr South Rd. & Matthew Ave

Every day 9am - 4pm

Community: Gold coin donation Non-local visitors - Adults: $7 Children: $3


Wheelchair access


Reference library



Function space

Guided tour

Public programmes


Other Facilities

Archives open 9.30am to 3.30pm Thursday and Friday. Bookings preferred. E: Archivist@teahu.org.nz.
-35.116768 173.26672 16 Te Ahu Heritage Museum