Explore the collection

Find out more about the strengths of the collection and the themes contained within some of the properties that Heritage New Zealand cares for.

  • Explore the collection at Alberton

    Fine china at Alberton

    The collection at Alberton is representative of a wealthy family across the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Well-represented are high status objects such as early colonial furniture, fine bone china and silverware and works of art.

  • Explore the collection at Antrim House

    View of meeting room

    Antrim House contains a small collection of objects related to its history both as a private residence to the Hannah family and as a boarding hostel for young men in the public service.

  • Explore the collection at Clarks Mill

    Interior of Clark

    Clark’s Mill contains a small collection of objects related to its history, including flour bags, stencils and other equipment used in the milling process. 

  • Explore the collection at Clendon House

    Padlock and key

    Clendon House remained in family hands until being taken over by Heritage New Zealand in 1972; before which it was owned firstly by James Reddy Clendon, then his son George, and later grandson Trevor Millar.  This continuity has meant that the contents are believed to be largely original and therefore work in tandem with the property to create a visitor experience of considerable integrity and authenticity.

  • Explore the collection at Ewelme Cottage

    Kitchen at Ewelme Cottage

    The Ewelme Cottage collection represents an authentic snapshot of an early emigrant clergy family. Whilst the house and the family were of a modest background, the collection they have amassed is extraordinary. By valuing their past and keeping family treasures, we now have family pieces that date from the 1570s until the moment the last Lush family member left the Cottage.

  • Explore the collection at Fyffe House

    Mirror at Fyffe House

    The collection at Fyffe House consists predominately of domestic furnishings, representing the history of the property as the residence of the Fyfe, Goodall and Lowe families, in a coastal whaling community. 

  • Explore the collection at Hayes Engineering Works

    Workshop interior at Hayes Engineering

    The vast collection at Hayes Engineering Works consists of objects connected to the site and to the Hayes family and a vast majority were actually fabricated within the property itself.

  • Explore the collection at Highwic

    Coal range at Highwic

    Although mostly not original to the Buckland family, the collection at Highwic consists of domestic interior furnishings commensurate with a high status Victorian residence, not to mention a large family. 

  • Explore the collection at Hurworth

    Bust and books at Hurworth

    Hurworth Cottage holds a small collection of domestic objects, many of which are related directly to the original family and in particular to its builder, the early New Plymouth immigrant and later New Zealand Premier Sir Harry Atkinson. 

  • Explore the collection at Kerikeri Mission Station

    Stone Store viewed from Kemp House

    The collection at Kerikeri Mission Station consists of objects which relate to all layers of history represented in both the Stone Store and Kemp House.

  • Explore the collection at Mangungu Mission

    Interior of Mangungu Mission

    The small Mangungu Mission collection contains a number of items which relate directly to the original inhabitants of the Wesleyan Mission or are of particular significance to the history of the area or the Wesleyan Mission Society.

  • Explore the collection at Old St Paul's

    Textile conservation

    Old St Paul's holds a small but interesting collection, largely related to its construction, ecclesiastical function or to notable figures from Wellington’s early history. 

  • Explore the collection at Ophir Post Office

    Letter box, Ophir

    The small collection at Ophir Post Office collection collection is made up mostly of paper ephemera original to the function of the Post Office, the associated Post Office Savings Bank, and administrative centre on behalf of the Department of Social Welfare. 

  • Explore the collection at Pompallier

    Lead type at Pompallier

    The collection at Pompallier Mission consists predominately of archaeological material, relating to all periods of occupation on the site, both religious, industrial and domestic. Non-archaeological material makes up the remainder of the collection, including items relating to the Mission period printed works from the Gaveaux Press, reliquaries and Marist medals, and other items relating to Bishop Pompallier.

  • Explore the collection at Te Waimate Mission

    Kitchen at Te Waimate Mission.

    As well as items befitting a Georgian or early Victorian domestic interior, the collection at Te Waimate contains a large number of items which relate directly to the mission story and to its first inhabitants. The largest proportion of the collection is made up of early books, including 174 books in te reo Māori from the CMS printing press at Paihia.

  • Explore the collection at Thames School of Mines

    Mineral display

    The majority of the objects held at Thames School of Mines are geological specimens, displayed within the Mineralogical Museum. This Museum was set up as a teaching and instructional museum for students at the School of Mines. The range of the collection includes standard specimens found throughout New Zealand to items from Antarctica and even outer space.

  • Explore the collection at Totara Estate

    Horse tack

    The collection at Totara Estate consists primarily of farming and meat processing equipment, in keeping with the history of the site. These include saddlery, large pieces of ploughing and harvesting machinery and transport, and butchery equipment.