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The Elms

15 Mission Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
+64 7-577 9772
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Kia ora and welcome to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga, one of the Bay of Plenty’s oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Maori and Pakeha, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Encompassing category one listed heritage buildings and nationally significant collections – all set within a diverse and tranquil garden setting – this one hectare property is a must-see destination for visitors to the region. For generations The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga has been a place for community to gather and learn - this tradition continues today. We invite you to come and journey through the expansive grounds, and enjoy a guided tour of the historic house and library. As you do you will get a rare glimpse into the past of this now bustling city. The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga has in time become a well known venue for special events in the Bay of Plenty. With stunning grounds and vintage buildings available for use, please consider The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga for your wedding or next function. With experienced co-ordinators on site we are ready to help plan your special events at this beautiful venue.
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15 Mission Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit! Friendly and informative staff. Interesting, historic house and property to explore. You can walk there from Tauranga waterfront and visit gardens on the way.

Thank Sandy M
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

This tour took us from the pier firstly to the Elms Mission House, which is a very interesting historic site where we were provided with a very pleasant and knowledgeable guide. Following this, we visited Mills Reef Winery where we were treated to some wine...More

Thank AGEDNOMAD
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. He had actually know some of the owners of The Elms. It is an interesting piece of NZ history. I was fascinated by all of the books all over the house and in the library. If there was anything...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Recently we visited the Elms Historic site while on a Celebrity Solstice cruise ship shore excursion. We had a well managed guided tour by a very knowledgeable tour guide, who gave us all the information and history of this site and the buildings on them....More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Pretty property atop a hill. Tour of house and office then left to wander the property. Can book for events. Prepare for an uphill walk.

Thank littlemac4
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

This fascinating building is on the site of the first Christian site in Tauranga, 1838, a time when the local Maoris were still knocking lumps off each other with stone axes and wooden sticks. The little chapel is a very beautiful little building, well polished...More

Thank Ken H
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

When visiting Tauranga, be sure to allow at least 90 minutes to explore "The Elms", a beautifully preserved piece of New Zealand history. Our lady guide was very knowledgeable, and took delight in going into the history of the missionaries in New Zealand and the...More

Thank Davmoe
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

The elms is not only significant for Tauranga but one of the oldest building in New Zealand. The house and grounds are in beautiful condition and the house has most of its original contents. The little library that was built before the house was itself...More

Thank on2it2
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Our tour party consisted of a couple of adults and a teenager. We were asked if we wanted a guided tour of the house and we strongly recommend taking it! Our guide, Esther, was enthusiastic and had lots of interesting details and an impressively extensive...More

Thank Auck M
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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

A must see when you visit Tauranga as it is one of New Zealands oldest heritage sites. Esther, our guide was very knowlegable and we enjoyed our extensive tour visiting the house and the grounds

Thank Vivian R
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