Bringing to life the pioneering spirit of the Western Bay

We are the guardians of the Western Bay’s stories and treasures. Come and discover tales of adventurers, voyages and pioneers as you travel back to the 1900s. Featuring hands-on exhibits, beautifully curated collections and outdoor areas to explore, there is something for everyone.

Our Story

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Get all the information you need to make your visit to the Museum seamless, including opening hours, admission details, directions and parking, and more.

While you're here, find out what else Katikati has to offer and make it a day trip!

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Watch an introduction to the 'Service and Sacrifice' Exhibition

Welcome to the Western Bay Museum

Aspiring to be Aotearoa's best small museum.

Nau mai, haere mai ki te whare tongarewa o Nga Kuri-a-Wharei ki Otamarakau ki te Uru.

Inside the instantly recognisable historic Old Fire Station in Katikati, you will discover the only museum in the Bay of Plenty and one of Aotearoa’s hidden-gems.

With high-quality interactive exhibitions and fun tour-experiences, we bring to life the pioneering spirit of the local Māori, Ulster Irish and all other settlers who together built this area.

Our welcoming and knowledgeable volunteer guides recount the tales of storm-ridden ocean voyages, adventurers and entrepreneurs and the determination and struggles that formed the foundations of the Western Bay of Plenty.

Visit us today (we’re perfect for a quick stop) or book one of our unique and memorable tour-experiences that will take you on a journey back to the 1900s.

Ideal for kids and adults alike. Come and discover why we believe the Western Bay Museum is Aotearoa’s best small museum.

Guided Tours are available:

Mondays 11am

Wednesdays 2pm

Thursdays 11am

Saturdays 12 noon.

On now until
February 2023
November 2022

How to Save the Planet

what we can learn from our grandparents

See the exhibition

Guided Tours

Make your museum experience come alive with a guided tour.
The Museum’s Tour Guides are knowledgeable local volunteers with a passion for the town, the museum and its rich history.
Tours are brief and informative – just 20 minutes long with the opportunity for visitors to stay longer and explore areas of interest or to ask the guide more, or to relax in the reflection area and soak up the atmosphere.
Tour times are Mondays 11am, Wednesdays 2pm, Thursdays 11am, Saturdays 12 noon. No booking required. 

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Opening hours

Monday to Friday
10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays
11:00 am — 3:00 pm

Closed: Good Friday, Anzac Day morning, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Contact details

The Old Fire Station
32 Main Road
Katikati 3129
New Zealand

Phone +64 7 549 0651