The Museum
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Museum Charges

Adults $10.00

Seniors (over 65) and Students $8.00

Children (Up to 14) $5.00

Family group (Parent/caregiver with 2 or more children) $25.00

Admission to shop is free. Museum is FREE to all locals of Bream Bay!

Open Hours - 9.30 - 4.30pm - 7 days.

except for Good Friday Christmas day, Boxing Day and the morning of Anzac day (25th April)

Contact Us

Phone Laurel or Catherine Tues-Friday: 09 432 0746 or email

We can help you put together an exciting visit to Bream Bay.

Bus Tours or Day Visits

An ideal outing for a bus trip!

The Waipu Museum is a great place to stop if you are planning a day trip or longer tour.


Waipu Museum Development Phase Two report

The final report of the Waipu Museum Development consultation.
December 2018.

>>View Here<<


Waipu Museum Development Information


In March 2018, the Waipu Centennial Trust Board commissioned an option analysis for the development of Waipu Museum.

Click here to see an information sheet on future Waipu Museum development

Please review the Concept Plans for the 2 Schemes

  • To view Waipu Museum Development Scheme 1 click here
  • To view Waipu Museum Development Scheme 2 click here
  • To provide feedback, please click here to view and print the feedback form. Complete and send to Waipu Museum

Report for the Waipu Centennial Trust Board

By Sally Manuireva Consulting

Findings and recommendations arising from an option analysis of future development of Waipu Museum strategic review

Date of Issue: 19 April 2018 (FINAL)

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Waipu Museum Strategic Priorities Document

An overview of our proposed future plans can be Viewed

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The Museum Exhibition is inspiring

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The Gift Shop is famous for its beauty & quality products

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If you are planning a trip, here are some wonderful optional

extras to extend your time in Waipu...

A walk in the village (Click the image to view the Village)


Lunch in one of the Cafes (Click the image to view our Cafes)


A visit to one of the most beautiful cemeteries in NZ

(Click the image to view the Cemetery)


A visit to Waipu Cove (Click the image to view the Cove)


Lunch at Waipu's 'Cove Cafe' - Ph 09 4320234

Special offers for groups of over 25 people

by prior arrangement

Contact us

Phone Laurel or Catherine Tues-Friday: 09 432 0746 or email

Enjoy being greeted as you arrive at the Museum

For groups of over 25 people, we can help arrange a catered lunch.


Enjoy a visit to the beautiful presbyterian Church (built 1871)

Enjoy a visit to the famous garden of Paul and Sonia Mrsich $5.00 per head

(Click on the image to view the garden)





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Waipu Museum tells the Personal Drama of the migration from Scotland to Nova Scotia to New Zealand.


museum history

Strong Sense of Community - A major feature of this kinship based community was it's strong sense of cooperation and interdependence. In the early days 'frolics' (working bees) customarily helped to ensure that everyone managed to survive the early harsh conditions of both the Novia Scotian and Waipu museum


The museum contains a number of photographs of the early settlement and powerful portraits of many of the first migrants which were taken in their old age. Their worn faces are testimony to the challenging lives that they had led.

Maritime history - The museum has an extraordinary collection of early navigation equipment, boat building and woodworking tools.
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Images - The museum was kindly permitted to use a series of paintings commissioned by the Gaelic College in Novia Scotia. These depict the life of Norman McLeod and reveal aspects of the migration story. In the new exhibition, these have been enlarged to create beautiful backdrops to the unfolding story.

Twice in one generation these hardy Scots carved farm land out of virgin forest - an extraordinary achievement.

museum education

Education and Schooling - Being Scots, the settlers attached great importance to education and very soon in the settlement there were numbers of schools. There are collections of photos to be browsed through.

Tel: + 64 9 432 0746

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Contact: Waipu Museum
36 The Centre
Waipu 0510
New Zealand