Free entry again to properties on Waitangi Day


Following huge public demand, Heritage New Zealand’s staffed properties will again be open free of charge as the country marks its national day, Waitangi Day, on 6 February.

The initiative is part of a nationwide open day involving 16 Heritage New Zealand staffed properties, and builds on the success of the inaugural open day in February 2017.

"We are delighted to be opening our doors for the public to come and visit a part of their heritage and history at our properties," says Natalie McCondach of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

"All the properties noticed a marked increase in visitors which was fantastic.  Some of our properties, particularly those in the Far North, have direct connections with the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, such as Māngungu Mission in the Hokianga, which held the largest gathering for chiefs to sign the Treaty.

"Heritage New Zealand cares for these special places on behalf of all New Zealanders, and there are some amazing stories to be told at them. Just as the Treaty of Waitangi is a living document, so are our properties.

"If you are able to visit on Waitangi Day please do. These places make for a great day out either by yourself, or with friends or family."

The Heritage New Zealand properties that are set to be open are Clendon House, the Kerikeri Stone Store, Kemp House, Māngungu Mission, Pompallier Mission and Printery and Te Waimate Mission House in Northland; Alberton and Highwic in Auckland; the Thames School of Mines; Old St Paul’s and Antrim House in Wellington; Fyffe House in Kaikoura; Totara Estate and Clarks Mill in North Otago; and Hayes Engineering Works and the Ophir Post Office in Central Otago.

Check our Events section for more details on times and events being planned at individual properties nearer to the day.