A mother and three children walk past the mission house at Te Waimate Mission

Te Waimate Mission is open under RED in the traffic light system. If you’re visiting us, you will need to present your Vaccine Pass to staff and follow our Covid-19 requirements. Please stay home if you’re sick. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Opening Hours

Current reduced hours

November – April | Friday - Monday
10.00am - 5.00pm

May – October | Saturday – Monday
10.00am - 4.00pm

parking parking no-smoking toilet


Member Free

Adult $10.00

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events


344 Te Ahu Ahu Road
Waimate North 0472

+64 9 405 9734


A staff member talking to a couple during a tour of the house

Aotearoa New Zealand’s second oldest surviving building, Te Waimate Mission is an elegant two-storeyed affair, with wide verandas and a low-pitched hipped roof, complemented by Georgian-style dormer windows. Established as a model farming village, complete with a flour mill, blacksmiths, printery, carpenter’s shop, school and church, this was the fullest realisation of Samuel Marsden’s belief that spiritual and practical instruction should be combined as a one-two punch. 

Discover Te Waimate Mission
Tohu whenua

Te Waimate Mission is idenitified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site. Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.

Te Waimate Mission in the Bay of Islands has a direct connection to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, being the location where six Ngāpuhi rangatira (Māori cheifs) signed The Waitangi Sheet, written in Māori, at Waimate North on 9 and 10 February 1840.

Te Waimate Mission and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
View of Te Waimate Mission house and garden through the trees

Book Conservation

Paul Taylor of Spiral Path Book Studio demonstrates some of the techniques involved in book restoration and conservation of rare historic books from Te Waimate Mission.

Sketch of Te Waimate Mission called 'Account of New Zealand' from W. Yate

Ngā Kōrero

Sketch from W. Yate. Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library

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We've created a great Northland heritage adventure to get you started on your heritage journey.

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A grandfather teaches his grandchildren how to fish at Castle Rock

Photo: Darryl Ward

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