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Okains Bay Museum

General Information

1146 Okains Bay Road, Okains Bay 7583

(03) 304 8611

Opening Times - Check before visiting as might change

Winter Hours: 1 May 2024 – 27 October 2024
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Summer Hours: 28 October 2024 (Labour Day) – 30 April 2025
Thursday – Monday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

"Nau mai, tautī mai. Welcome to the Okains Bay Museum Visit a very special museum at the heart of historic Kawatea Okains Bay, gifted to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand by founder Murray Thacker Q.S.M. in 1977. You will enjoy the relaxed environment as you learn about life on Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula and Aotearoa New Zealand in former times. Nationally significant taonga Māori and early Pākehā items are among the exciting range of treasures on display in the museum’s diverse complex of heritage buildings."
Notes for Cardholders

The museum offers a concession for Hāpai Access Cardholders and Essential Companion entry. Please visit for details.

It is recommended that visitors dress for visiting an outdoor museum. Paths are uneven, gravelled or grassed, so please wear covered comfortable shoes and watch for trip hazards. Also, please be aware that the museum's internal spaces are not temperature controlled.

If required, umbrellas are available from the ticket office. Umbrellas must not be taken into the collection spaces, please leave them outside the entrances.

Please email the museum regarding any particular accessibility needs prior to your visit so the staff can work with you to maximise your visit and experience at the museum.

Currently, Okains Bay does not have potable water so we do not recommend drinking tap water. Fresh drinking water is brought into the museum and is available free from the museum tearoom located at the front of the Colonial Hall.

Standing and Queuing
Level Access
Paths are uneven, gravelled or grassed, and not easy to traverse for those using unassisted mobility equipment. There is a ramp into the Colonial Hall, however, many of the other buildings can only be accessed by steps. If you have any particular accessibility needs, please email the museum prior to your visit so the staff can work with you to maximise your visit and experience at the museum.
Please be aware that the Okains Bay Museum buildings are located over half a hectare of land. The museum map is available at:
Urgent Toilet Access
The museum's toilets are located in the Colonial Hall. Public toilets are located at the beach, to the left of the parking area. The museum map is available at:
Disability Assist Dogs
Essential Companions
A cardholder's Essential Companion (+1) is offered free entry. Please contact the museum or visit for details.
Difficulty Accessing Visual Information
Difficulty Accessing Audible Information
Hidden Disabilities
If you have any particular requirements please contact the museum before your visit.
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