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.
Nambassa Revisited - 40 Years On
Nambassa was a series of festivals held between 1976 and 1981 on large farms around Waihi and Waikino. They focused on peace, love, and an environmentally friendly lifestyle. In addition to popular entertainment, they featured workshops and displays advocating holistic health issues, alternative medicine, clean and sustainable energy, and natural foods.
Normal opening hours:
Thursday, Friday: 10am - 3pm
Saturday, Sunday, Monday: 12noon - 3pm
Every day: 12pm - 3pm
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.