Set in the heart of Tauranga, The Elms | Te Papa is one of Aotearoa New Zealand's oldest heritage sites. It is best known for its iconic Mission House and award-winning heritage gardens. The sites rich history dates to pre-European times.



The Elms is open to the public most days of the year except Christmas day. The entrance fee includes a guided tour by our talented storytellers who bring life to its rich history and tell about the people who have lived here. A visit to The Elms | Te Papa is a chance for a walk back in time to experience a unique part of New Zealand's history. The new TECT Heritage Garden & Pavilion tell of the meeting of cultures on this site and includes the food plants of early settlers and Māori. Situated on the northern tip of the Te Papa peninsula, the current site and surrounding land was part of a large and densely populated Māori settlement for many centuries.

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Months of Operation:
All months of the year


Proximity to town:
5 minutes to centre of Tauranga city and bus stop.

Proximity to airport:
10 minutes drive to Tauranga Airport but sometimes traffic congestion.

Proximity to bus:
5-10 minutes walk. Instructions on web page.

Limited 2-hour parking in Mission Street. Car park situated at the end of street on Cliff Road - fee applies.



Adult $20
Child $3.5 - $7.5

Activity Duration:
Summer 10am - 4pm Winter 11am - 3pm

Other Charges:
Tauranga residents $20.00 Resident/Ratepayer discount available with proof of name with address. Other New Zealanders $20.00 per person. International $20.00 per person. Senior discount available with Gold card or similar.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child/teen under 18 are Free when accompanied by a fee-paying adult.
Groups of 8 or more are advised to prebook their visit.
Devonshire Teas are available when booked at least 36 hours in advance for groups of 8 or more.
Schools and cruise ship coach tours - please see web site or contact office.
Weddings, wedding photography and events must be prebooked - rates available through our office.