From this traditional English home, Maori were given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, and were educated in reading and writing, as well as agricultural and domestic skills. Carefully restored and maintained, The Elms is now also sought after for weddings and outdoor functions.
We welcome clubs and societies and special tours. A knowledgable guide can be arranged all year around by contacting Visitor Reception. Group visits can be tailored to suit the needs of your group. Booking ahead is essential.
Our guides are volunteers with an interest in The Elms and its place in the history of the Bay of Plenty and New Zealand. They are trained to show visitors around the buildings and grounds of this former mission station. They will tell you stories of the early years of Alfred and Charlotte Brown's mission work, the troubled times of the land wars, the establishment of the township of Tauranga, tales of sacrifice and dedication by subsequent owners in their efforts to preserve the property and its contents.
Information panels in the house and library explain the lives of the mission families. Another 12 information panels describing the development of the mission station are situated around the one hectare garden. A guide to the gardens is available from Visitor Reception.
Our beautiful gardens are open to enjoy free of charge. Our house & library tour is $5.00.
+64 7 577 9772
The Elms Historic Mission House & Gardens
15 Mission Street
We welcome visitors to The Elms all year around, 10am - 4pm, every day.
The Elms is a short 10 minutes stroll from the Tauranga city centre, past the historic Monmouth Redoubt. From the Tauranga iSite Visitor Information Centre or Tauranga Library:
- Head North on Willow Street for approx 400 metres (4 minutes).
- Turn right onto Monmouth Street
- Turn left onto Cliff Road, and walk approx 400m (4 minutes)
- Turn left on to Mission Street and walk approx 100m (1 minute)
- The Elms Mission Station will be on your right