Waiheke Island Historical Society

P O Box 206, Ostend, Waiheke Island 1843, New Zealand

Goodwin Cottage refreshed

Our newly-repainted Goodwin Cottage, thanks to Foundation North

When you see an old building with peeling paint you think no one cares, but Foundation North do, and so with heartfelt thanks to them we now have a heritage cottage looking very smart and cared for, beautifully painted by Graeme O’Brien whose family has a long history with our island. Some of our volunteers have been working hard to refresh the interior, with new furniture and items on display. Come have a look!

New footpaths
No more swimming in the mud...

New concrete paths funded by the Waiheke Local Board

Thanks to some generous funding from the Waiheke Local Board, there is now a fully-concreted path from the carpark to the Museum buildings. Even in our soggy weather, you can now visit the Museum with dry feet.

Public events and news

Live Heritage Day

Thanks to all who came! The Museum held a Live Heritage Day on Sunday, 21 October 2018. Fun for the family — old crafts such as spinners & weavers, a farrier, and vintage machines. Stay tuned for the next one!

Our lawns are looking great

Waiheke Time

Thanks to Ange Melville of Waiheke Time, who has donated her own time to keep our lawns in shape. If you need lawn work, think of Ange (021 580 724, ange@waiheketime.co.nz) — or drop by the Museum to see her fine work!

The History Quiz

That’s right — a trivia quiz with no science, no rugby, no Hollywood! We plan on making it a regular event for the Historical Society. Members and non-members welcome.

Wharf2Wharf Fun Run

Saturday, 17 March 2018


Once again, our Museum provided water to passing runners. A fun time was had by all! Mark your calendars for the next Fun Run on Saturday, 9 March 2019.

New publication

Dixie Day’s book Waiheke Pioneers, the standard reference for early European settlement on Waiheke, finally has an index — after 25 years! The index can be purchased at the Museum for $4 if you already have the book, or $3 if you purchase the book too.

Members’ section

Annual General Meeting
was held on Sunday, 22 April 2018, at 2PM at the Museum. Speaker: Peter Young, who runs the Waiheke Vintage & Historic Photos page on Facebook.
Read the minutes.
New members always welcome!

Coming events

Past events

Newsletters & Minutes

History of the Society



How to join

For history buffs
and researchers

Early History of Waiheke Island

A missionary on Waiheke Island in 1849

A visit to Waiheke Island in 1858

A Belgian city in Rocky Bay?

Surfdale memories from the 1940s

The Waiheke Fun-Map (1948)

The 1922 subdivision of the Matiatia-Oneroa Estate

Cemetery transcriptions

1881 electoral roll

1893 women’s electoral roll

Under construction...
The following are coming soon:

Waiheke genealogy

Waiheke land owners in 1914

Directory of Waiheke residents in 1948



The Museum of Waiheke

and Historic Village

The Museum of Waiheke and Historic Village

Experience a slice of Old Waiheke at the Waiheke Museum and Historic Village.

  • A reconstructed woolshed housing the Museum’s main exhibits
  • A 1930s-style island cottage (Day Cottage) that can be used as a meeting room
  • Three small bach-style houses (Champion, Keane, and Goodwin cottages) with period rooms and photo exhibits
  • A working, manually-operated telephone exchange
  • The original Waiheke jail
  • Being developed: The Taonga Heritage Gardens
  • Maori artifacts, a wool press, a whale-oil cauldron, a player piano, and even a fine old long-drop toilet! (No, not in actual use; we have modern ones for visitors.)

The Museum is located at 165 Onetangi Straight, Waiheke Island, and is open from noon to 4:00 PM on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holiday Mondays, all year round. Entry is by donation; we suggest $3 per person.

How to find us

Take a tour of the Museum buildings

The aerial view below is courtesy of Google Maps. Click on any building for more information.

Aerial view of Waiheke Museum Keane Cottage Champion Cottage Goodwin Cottage New Woolshed Police cell Day Cottage

All suggestions regarding this site are welcome. Contact Mark James on 9973 or by E-mail at tmarkjames@yahoo.com.

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This page last modified on 13 November 2018.