New Zealand Heritage Museum

History Museum of Pioneers, Settler, Indigenous People

As a young country a New Zealand heritage museum comprises elements concerning the nation as a whole. Yet, more important settler and their heritage is often move into the centre of exhibitions. Once, they were rooted somewhere else. By emigrating they brought their skills, trade, and traditions to their new home country.

Heritage Marmite van seen at MotatHeritage Marmite van seen at Motat

Results are history museums that tie the heritage of indigenous people and migrants together.

The two main heritage centres are found in the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, and in Auckland. Wellington is home to the welknown 'Te Papa" while the Auckland Museum, called War Memorial Museum, is situated in the heart of Auckland. The latter represents a memorial to the ANZAC's that fought during the First World War. One whole floor commemorates lost soldiers and displays scenes and items of war.

The ground floor showcases scenes and everyday items and symbols related to the Maori People. Other showrooms are dedicated to the colonial time, nature, and historic development.

A living history museum in Auckland, The Howick Historical Village, focuses on the life of British soldiers that came to protect Auckland.

The focal point set in to the technical development of New Zealand is represented in MOTAT, the Museum of Transport, and Technique. In addition smaller, often voluntarily run, heritage museums cover one aspect close to the heart of their founder.

The Mainline Steam Depot in Parnell shows New Zealand’s largest collection of steam locomotives. The Dalmatian Genealogical and Historical Society brought together artefacts relating to their history as gum diggers, orchards, vinemakers, and fisher. While some relate to aspects on pioneer development in their region. Examples here are  Devonport Museum and Hellensville Museum.

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Auckland Museum
Every day 10am - 5pm, except 25 th December Anzac Day morning – 6.45am
Auckland Domain

Motat -- Museum of Transport and Technology
Great North Road, Western Springs
Every day 10am - 5pm except 25 th December

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Hellensville Museum
River Reserve, 98 Mill Road, Helensville
Wednesday , Saturday and Sunday, 1pm - to 3.30pm 
(Note: the museum will also be open on Mondays and Fridays from January 4th to January 30th, 2012)
The Museum will be closed from Wednesday 14th December 2011 to Monday 2nd January 2012.

Dalmatian Genealogical and Historical Society
10 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Phone: (09)379-7680
Friday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Mondays from 10 am to 12 noon

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Devonport Historical and Museum Society
33A Vauxhall Road, Cambria Reserve, Devonport
Operates: weekends 2pm to 4 pm

Torpedo Bay | Navy Museum
Phone: + 64 9 445-5186
64 King Edward Parade
Torpedo Bay

Operating hours: 10am - 5pm seven days a week
Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day the museum is closed.
Admission is Free

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Devonport, attractions, North Head Historic Reserve

Howick Historical Village
Corner of Bell Road and Lady Marie Drive
Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, Auckland
Daily from 10am to last admission at 4pm
Closed 25 December, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Anzac Day

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