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Waikato District Heritage Day

Organised by the Waikato District Heritage Forum, we are thrilled to bring you Waikato District's first Heritage Day, Saturday 20 April!

Council has partnered with local heritage groups from across our district to come together to celebrate the stories and history of the our communities.  

Explore museums and our libraries, walk heritage trails, and visit notable places all across our district.

Events

Select an event below to see more details.

  • A fun hands on kids activity at the pop-up Museum Children can experience a mock archaeological dig in a specially made sand table. Uncover surprises, learn about core samples and the history all around us.

    This event suits children aged 3 -14. Parents please stay with your children.

    Free event, koha welcome.
    No booking required.

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    Open day: Historic homestead

    Join the scavenger hunt! Find clues in the Homestead & Gardens and learn about the history of Woodlands

    And don't forget to check out the Victorian themed dress-up photo booth at the homestead!

    Time: 10am - 1pm

    Open day: Gardens of National Significance 

    Time: 9am - 2pm

    Visit the Woodlands website.

  • Join us at the Huntly Library, Saturday 20 April to view our heritage display.

  • Join us at the Ngaaruawaahia Library, Saturday 20 April to view our heritage display, showcasing the unique heritage here in Ngaaruawaahia.
  • Join us at the Te Kauwhata Library, Saturday 20 April to view our heritage display, showcasing the unique heritage here in Te Kauwhata.
  • Join us at the Tuakau Library, Saturday 20 April to view our heritage display, showcasing the unique heritage here in Tuakau.
  • Our story

    This interactive exhibit aims to celebrate the diverse elements and captivating narratives that come together to form the story of our town.

    WE INVITE YOU TO STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
    AND ADD YOUR CHAPTER TO OURSTORY.

    By creating a collection of short films, we aim to showcase the diversity, and inspiration, that makes Raahui Pookeka Huntly the community we’re proud of. Come down and sit in the chair and tell us your story

    The Sandpit

    For the children the chance to explore what is hidden in the sands of Huntly . Learn about archaeology

    Also have their Digital Collection and their Pop Up display:

    Learn about local disasters, experience the feeling of being in the mines from the early 1900s, or dive into Raahui Pookeka Huntly’s rich and diverse history and heritage.

    While we work to open the new museum in the restored train station, we’ve created the pop-up in the Huntly Civic Centre, a public access point for locals to directly interact with the stories that make up their community.

    Check out the Huntly Museum's website!

  • Two tours of the Matangi Dairy Factory, 452 Tauwhare Road, Matangi – 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. No need to book, assemble at the Bootleg Brewery on the Factory site.

    Check out the Matangi Dairy Factory website!

    A highlight of this historic dairy factory site, which was in operation from 1885 to 1987, is the Glaxo Building that was opened in 1919. Designed by the well-known Hamilton architect Frederick Charles Daniell (1879-1953), the building is architecturally significant for its use of new materials and techniques of construction in reinforced concrete. It was owned by the New Zealand Co-operative Dairy Company Limited Factory, forerunner of Fonterra, that began in Matangi, the heart of the Waikato.

    View more info on Heritage.org

  • Two tours of the Matangi Dairy Factory, 452 Tauwhare Road, Matangi – 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  No need to book, assemble at the Bootleg Brewery on the Factory site.

    Check out the Matangi Dairy Factory website!

    A highlight of this historic dairy factory site, which was in operation from 1885 to 1987, is the Glaxo Building that was opened in 1919. Designed by the well-known Hamilton architect Frederick Charles Daniell (1879-1953), the building is architecturally significant for its use of new materials and techniques of construction in reinforced concrete. It was owned by the New Zealand Co-operative Dairy Company Limited Factory, forerunner of Fonterra, that began in Matangi, the heart of the Waikato.

    View more info on Heritage.org

  • The Ngaaruawaahia Heritage Group will have a display at market outside the Ngaaruawaahia Library library, focusing on the paa of Ngaaruawaahia, the great Floods of 1907 and 1957, and the special places of the town.

    Learn about these special places form the historians of the area!
  • An open period at St Davids, Matangi, to see the interior re-designed in the Orthodox Christian tradition.

    St David’s is now only one of four Romanion Orthodox church in the country.

    Learn more about the St David's Church here.

    Check out their website!

  • Come and view the comprehensive displays and resources relating not only to the Redoubt’s role at that time, but also the New Zealand Wars.

    Queen's Redoubt, Pookeno, is an historic place of great importance. The New Zealand Wars mark a huge change in the history of this country. The key campaign was the struggle for the Waikato. Queen's Redoubt was the launching pad for the July 1863 British invasion, which began the Waikato War.

    Queen’s Redoubt is one of the two largest European campaign forts in New Zealand. From July 1863 to the Battle of Rangiriri, 20-21 November the same year, it was General Cameron’s headquarters. Because of its role in the Waikato War, and the scale of the old earthworks and fort, and its ideal location today south of Auckland at the junction of State Highways 1 and 2, it is the best possible place to tell New Zealanders and visitors to the country the story of the Waikato campaign and the New Zealand Wars as a whole.

    Visit the Queens Redoubt website.

  • Self guided viewing of the  1972 church which received a NZIA Enduring Architecture award!

  • Self-guided cemetery walk – pick up a flier from St Stephen’s church office.

    As this is on a Tamahere Market Day and the cemetery will be lightly roped off, visitors are asked to be aware of risks and follow instructions given.

    Visitors are welcome but must be capable of stepping over a low rope, and are asked not to touch, lean on, or walk across any grave monuments as some are fragile. 

    Learn more about St Stephen's Historic cemetery.

  • Join us at the Tuakau Museum and check out the:

    • Letterpress printing on the museum's 100+ year old printing machine
    • ANZAC display
    • Brien Golding from Franklin Historical Society will be cooking scones on his mobile wood range - come and join us for a cuppa and a scone with jam and cream
    • Have a go at playing the museum's player piano (pianola)
    • "Penny for your thoughts" - share a memory/thought about Tuakau or the surrounding district and we will give you a penny
  • Join us Saturday 20 April for a fantastic open day at Raglan Museum!

    Check out the Raglan Museum website!

  • Launch of the Te Kauwhata Heritage Trial by Jenny Kelly, local historian and author. If fine a walk will be offered.
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