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The Elms

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A piece of History

Our guide Lucia was very helpful and informative taking us around and telling us about the history... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
New_South_Woodies
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Sydney, Australia
Highly recommended!

Worth a visit! Friendly and informative staff. Interesting, historic house and property to explore... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Sandy M
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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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...more
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15 Mission Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

Our guide Lucia was very helpful and informative taking us around and telling us about the history and the current art exhibition. The gardens are lovely as well.

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Reviewed 19 July 2018 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
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

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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

Thank THSMTHS
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
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
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
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
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

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