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Aotea Utanganui

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Business Type: Musuem of South Taranaki

Price: Free


Aotea Utanganui is a purpose-built, architecturally-designed museum building that enhances the streetscape of Patea and provides a central point for culture and heritage in the South Taranaki district.

Address: 127 Egmont Street, Patea New Plymouth,Taranaki

Free Phone: view phone0800111323

Contact Name: Cath Sheard


E-mail: send an e-mail


Aotea Utanganui – has on display the Waitore Artefacts, the remains of what was possibly a waka repair yard destroyed by a tsunami around 1400. These artefacts tell us about the people who lived in South Taranaki over six hundred years ago. One piece, a haumi (bow cover) has been carved in a manner that is similar to current Polynesian carving and tattoo styles.

Founded by the passionate collectors of the P?tea Historical Society in 1974, the museum’s displays reflect the eclectic and wide-ranging interests of the founders and subsequent donors.

The exhibitions celebrate the rich history and culture of South Taranaki, and the pride that people feel in their district. We want our visitors to share in our riches, and enjoy the stories and objects from our past.

A large rock containing the fossilised jawbone of a baleen whale, spotted on P?tea beach by a staff member was identified by a visiting scientist from Te Papa. Now this fossil, from 3 ½ million years ago, enjoys pride of place in our display.

The New Zealand Wars in Taranaki are illustrated with weaponry and artefacts. We honour the warriors from both sides – Titokowaru, T?tange Waionui, Charles Broughton and James Livingston are just a few whose descendants live in the district today.

Farming and the joys of a rural lifestyle feature prominently. The inventiveness of South Taranaki people is celebrated in the stories and objects on display – a Gane pulsator, fence strainers, souvenir teapots and the many uses of old cheese crates!

The museum is open from 10am to 4pm everyday except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Entry is free.

Hours of work

Open 10am-4pm 7 days a week.
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.


The musuem is located on SH3, and is in the centre of Patea, diagonally opposite the Aotea Memorial Canoe. There is plenty of parking and a bus stop right outside for tourist buses.

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