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This page contains information about the museums in Whangarei. 
Updated: 28/04/2020 11:57 a.m.
Photograph of Clapham's Clock Museum.
​Claphams Clock Museum

Claphams Clocks - National Clock Museum

Claphams Clocks is a unique visitor attraction presenting one of the largest collections of clocks in the southern hemisphere.

It was established in the 1940s by Whangarei resident Archibald Clapham who accumulated around 500 items which he proudly displayed in his house, open to anyone who cared to make the short trip from Whangarei.

After his death in 1962, the new owner of the collection, Whangarei District Council, has built the collection up to 1500 items and rehoused it five times, making it one of Whangarei's foremost tourist attractions.

Opening hours

Monday - Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm


Quayside, Town Basin

Phone/Fax: +64 9 438 3993
Email:        info@claphamsclocks.com
Website:    www.claphamsclocks.co.nz

Whangarei Art Museum

The art museum in The Hub at the Town Basin is the permanent home for the city's art collection. It embraces heritage and contemporary art work and several significant bequest collections.

Nationally recognised for the quality of its curatorship, the art museum is also the venue for touring and internally-curated exhibitions - designed to showcase the full diversity of creative art practice in Northland and New Zealand.

The art museum fulfils a broad role:

  • through researching and documenting the artists of the region
  • telling the story of the district through its permanent collection
  • the on-going involvement of schools and educational institutions.

Opening Hours

Monday - Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday


Phone:     +64 9 430 4240
Fax:         09 430 4240
Email:      whangareiartmuseum@wdc.govt.nz
Website:   www.whangareiartmuseum.co.nz

Whangarei Art Museum - Te Manawa Toi, 91 Dent St, The Hub, Town Basin, Whangarei

The Whangarei Art Museum is funded by Whangarei District Council

Kiwi North

Kiwi North is home of the Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park. It has extensive Māori and early settler collections, displays on the natural history of Northland, local industries and events, photograph and archive collections, and frequent special exhibitions.

Some of the attractions are:

  • Kiwi House with living natural history - kiwi, tuatara and gecko
  • Heritage Park with 360° views of Whangarei and the harbour
  • Bush walks
  • Clarke Family homestead
  • Historic Oruaiti Chapel
  • Authentic Riponui Pah School
  • Event Days
  • Northland Observatory
  • Native Bird Recovery Centre
  • Vintage restoration clubs

Throughout the year there is a range of educational programmes offered, using the Kiwi House, Museum and Heritage Park.

Contact the Education Officer for further details.

Opening hours

Daily 10:00am-4:00pm
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Admission fee applies.


Gate 1, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu
(Now on the Maunu bus route from Rose Street, Whangarei.)

Phone:    +64 9 438 9630
E-mail:    admin@kiwinorth.co.nz
Website:  www.kiwinorth.co.nz

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