With museums located in Rangiora, Cust, Oxford and Kaiapoi we are spoilt for choice. Our museums house extensive photographic collections and aim to to preserve the history of the Waimakariri District.
Kaiapoi was also the first place in New Zealand for the national Scout movement so it is fitting that you will also find the National Scout Museum there.
Take a step back in time and see how the people of Rangiora and districts used to live. Rangiora Museum is a local history museum with a very extensive photographic and archival collection covering Rangiora and Districts.
Location: 29 Good St, Rangiora
Opening hours: Wednesday and Sunday, 1.30 - 4.00pm
As well as an interesting collection of objects from Kaiapoi’s past, it holds an extensive collection of early photographs, local school photographs, cemetery records, family histories, and the ‘Kaiapoi Record’ newspaper from 1909-1915 on microfilm.
Location: Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, 176 Williams St
Monday-Wednesday and Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm
Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm
The displays are constantly evolving with the arrival of new exhibits that reflect the sawmilling, farming and general home-life of the early settlers. There is also a vintage machinery display.
Location: 75 Main St, Oxford
Opening Hours: 11am-4pm every Sunday all year round. Between Sept 1st to May 31st every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 3.30pm or by arrangement.
The Cust Museum is a place that portrays the heritage and history of the area bounded by Bennetts, Fernside, the Ashley River, and the Waimakariri River. Also material available for family research and on the once famous Cust Grand Prix
Location: 1725 Cust Main Road
Opening Hours: Sunday 2pm - 4pm or by arrangement
Set on a tranquil rural property on the outskirts of Rangiora, the Northbrook Colonial Museum boasts an extensive range of New Zealand's colonial history. Go back in time and experience some of our fascinating history including an early street comprising shops of butcher, chemist, hardware etc.
Location: Rossburn, Spark lane, Rangiora
Opening Hours: By Appointment
The National Scout Museum has a permanent display detailing the history of Scouting in New Zealand starting from Baden Powell's story and his founding of the movement, before covering the origins of Scouting in New Zealand.
Location: Blue Skies Conference and Training Centre
Opening Hours: Sunday from 1pm to 4pm or alternatively by arrangement.