Māngungu Mission with a couple picnicking on the lawn and a couple standing on the veranda
Aerial shot of Pencarrow Head with old Pencarrow Lighthouse on the hill, above new Pencarrow Head Lighthouse below
Shelters surrounded by native bush over looking the water at Opotaka

Mō Mātou


Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading bicultural heritage organisation. A crown entity responsible for the conservation, protection and sharing of the country’s heritage places and cultural landscapes, we proudly care for a portfolio of 45 properties, 24 of which are featured on this site and open to the public. The organisation is governed by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.

Our heritage places are some of the most important and fascinating in Aotearoa New Zealand’s history, including the birthplace of the famous Ka Mate Haka at Opotaka, the location of the largest signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi at Māngungu Mission, sites of industry and innovation at Te Waimate, Hayes Engineering, Totora Estate and Clarks Mill, and sites telling stories of extraordinary women, such as Kate Sheppard House, Clendon House and Pencarrow Lighthouse.

We bring these places to life through a diverse range of tours, exhibitions and events.

To find out more about our work, including in Māori heritage, archaeology, education and the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero, as well as information on grants and funding visit our main website.

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Tohu whenua

To promote our country’s heritage stories and places, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga works with the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga, in the Tohu Whenua partnership. Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences. For more information on the programme visit their website.