Waihi Arts Centre & Museum

Our Museum operates as a place for the collection, display and preservation of items of historical interest to the Waihi District, particularly items relating to the underground mining history of the area.

Gold was first discovered in Waihi in 1878 and by 1905 Waihi not only possessed the most productive gold mine in New Zealand, but was the largest gold mining town in the country and the third largest inland town in New Zealand. We have several rooms devoted to underground mining history, and displays relating to the social history of the town.

Our Art Gallery room has a dual role as a gallery and a theatre.

As a gallery it hosts regular exhibitions of local and visiting arts and craft. As a theatre that seats 60, it becomes the setting for school groups to be shown a curriculum based Powerpoint presentation.


The Museum is closed 18th–31st December and will re-open on January 1st, 2018.

The Summer Exhibition will then be showing as an added attraction in the Gallery throughout January. A mix of paintings, fibre, weaving, embroidery and pottery from local groups and from the museum’s permanent collection. Usual admission applies to the Museum rooms, and a gold coin is appreciated in the Gallery.
Opening hours for January 2018 - 12.00 midday to 3pm.


Adults: $5.00
Children 5 - 15 years: $3.00
Under 5 years: Free
Family group (2 adults & 3 or more children):$15

Discounts available for groups of 15 or more people, pre-booked coach groups, and schools.



Our place in local family history research.

Due to the growing interest in family history, Waihi Arts Centre and Museum Association (WACMA) is recording known names onto a museum data base called PastPerfect.

Genealogy Indexes and Waihi and Districts Settler Register »

Art Gallery & Museum

Art Gallery & Museum

We welcome your group visit on any day.
(please pre-book)

Join a guided tour, and see the unique black and white DVD of underground mining taken in the Martha Mine before it closed in 1952 (a real gem!).

Our Museum »



Learn about Historic Goldmining.

Education is one of the main activities of our Museum. Bring your students along to our curriculum based Powerpoint presentation and more...

Our Education Programme »

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