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The Elms Mission Station

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Business Type: Public Garden


Welcome to The Elms Mission House and Gardens, site of Tauranga's former Mission Station (1835) and now its foremost historic visitor attraction.

Address: 15 Mission Street, Tauranga, New Zealand 3112 Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

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Step into the past with a visit to The Elms, Tauranga's historic former Mission Station, founded in 1835. Set in beautiful historic gardens (open to the public every day, all year round) the Mission House, completed in 1847, is New Zealand's finest late Georgian home and has this country's oldest free standing library.

Welcome to The Elms - Nau Mai Haere Mai

The Elms historic house museum, the  oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty, is an essential stop for all visitors to Tauranga. From this traditional English home, Maori were given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, and were educated in reading and writing, as well as agricultural and domestic skills.

The Gardens

Many of the English trees in the gardens were planted by missionary Alfred Brown in the 1830s. An acorn carried from England in 1829, has grown into a fine specimen on the north lawn. Norfolk Island pines were favoured by missionaries for the Christian cross, renewed in each year's new growth.

New Zealand trees and shrubs were planted in the early twentieth century by the second generation of the family to occupy the property.

There are also fine examples of unusual trees, such as the bunya bunya pine.

Illustrated signs in the gardens interpret the influence of succeeding generations on the mature garden we enjoy today.

Hours of work

Mon - Fri: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm


15 Mission Street, Tauranga, New Zealand 3112

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The Elms Mission Station

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