Tora! Tora! New Zealand Exhibition:
-Until 28th February 2022
In 1941 Japan bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbour, launching World War Two into the Pacific Ocean. Concerned about Japanese invasion, New Zealanders rushed to protect their country with the help of their U.S. Allies. Recent research by Heritage New Zealand has revealed evidence of 70 military camps across Northland alone. These camps housed the NZ Home Guard and 1st Division forces along with thousands of U.S. forces preparing to launch their Pacific Campaign.
While the camps themselves were deconstructed or repurposed, newly uncovered Public Works Department maps reveal the immense scale of U.S. and NZ military activities in Northland during the 1940s. Original photographs, a U.S. army Jeep, a Japanese Navy uniform, and Home Guard equipment are just a few of the many artefacts and oral histories sourced from around Northland that are shared in this exciting new exhibition.
About Kiwi North Whangarei:
features the Whangarei Museum, the nocturnal Kiwi House which is the only opportunity to see and view kiwi and tuatara in captivity in Northland and unique heritage buildings. Set over 25 hectares of rolling countryside, there's plenty to see and do.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the surrounds and wildlife. Explore the Whangarei Museum with a collection founded in c.1890 of over 80,000 items including early settler social history, natural history specimens and Maori taonga. Learn about the secretive Kiwi in the nocturnal Kiwi house – see how they behave in their natural habitat and also learn about our indigenous gecko. A Tuatara is also part of the family of animals at Kiwi North and looks forward to meeting you. Finally, enjoy the Heritage Park – a collection of historic buildings demonstrating Northland’s early colonial architectural history between the late 1850s right through to the early 1900s. There is the original Oruaiti Chapel c1859, Riponui Pah School c1898 and women's c1900 jail to explore. The original homestead, Glorat, is undergoing major conservation at this time and not open for viewing.
Valid from Dec 16, 2021
Expires Mar 31, 2022
Limit: 5 per user and 5 as gift for others
In line with the government’s traffic light system, Covid-19 vaccination certificates may be required for guests aged over 12 years. For more information on covid traffic light system please refer to https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/
Subject to availability. Hours: 10am to 4pm. Blackout dates: Closed 25th & 26th December 2021. Vaccine Pass required for those over 12 years 3 months. Valid for the number of people specified only. Family pass option is valid for two adults and up to three children OR one adult and up to four children. Children are aged 5-18 years. Children 0-4 years are free. Must be used in one visit. Special Exhibition “Tora! Tora! New Zealand!” runs until 28th February 2022. Tuatara Encounters run from 12th to 28th January, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11.30am - please note that these are held at the keeper’s discretion. While stocks last. No refunds unless required by law. No cashback. Not to be used with other offers.
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