Just south of Katikati, this museum provides an intriguing glimpse into the town’s history as the only planned Ulster Irish settlement in the world. It makes history come alive with hands-on exhibits, such as a real milking shed.
The barn-style museum has the largest bottle collection in Australasia, and an interesting collection of magazines dating back decades.You’ll also find antique cycles and farm machinery, and a 9-hole mini-putt. There’s a souvenir and gift shop and a café with homemade baking. Next door is K&M Crafts, that sells a range of Maori ‘cultural souvenirs,’and Katipatch, a quilting and patchwork shop.
The Heritage Museum is open daily 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Cost: Small charge with concession for families. Wharawhara Road, off State Highway 2, Katikati. Ph: (07) 549 0651 www.katikatiheritagemuseum.co.nz