In line with recent New Zealand Government announcements, Te Waimate Mission is closed to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.
Aotearoa New Zealand’s second oldest surviving building, Te Waimate Mission is an elegant two-storeyed affair, with wide verandas and a low-pitched hipped roof, complemented by Georgian-style dormer windows. Established as a model farming village, complete with a flour mill, blacksmiths, printery, carpenter’s shop, school and church, this was the fullest realisation of Samuel Marsden’s belief that spiritual and practical instruction should be combined as a one-two punch.
Te Waimate Mission is idenitified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site. 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. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.
Te Waimate Mission in the Bay of Islands has a direct connection to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, being the location where six Ngāpuhi rangatira (Māori cheifs) signed The Waitangi Sheet, written in Māori, at Waimate North on 9 and 10 February 1840.
Paul Taylor of Spiral Path Book Studio demonstrates some of the techniques involved in book restoration and conservation of rare historic books from Te Waimate Mission.
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