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The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga

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The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga is one of New Zealand's oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today.


The Elms Foundation is a charitable trust that owns and operates The Elms Te Papa Tauranga, a heritage site of national significance. We welcome thousands of visitors each year for guided tours, self-generated or hosted events, weddings and more.

How long have you been operating for, and how often do you meet/hold events?

The Elms Foundation has been operating since 1998, but visitors have been welcomed to the site for historical tours since the 1920s. The Elms Te Papa Tauranga is open 7 days per week, 364 days per year. We also hold events at various points throughout the year.

What sort of experience do you deliver in the Bay?

The Elms is one of New Zealand’s oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Maori and Pakeha, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Encompassing category one listed heritage buildings and nationally significant collections – all set within a diverse and tranquil garden setting – this one hectare property is a must-see destination for visitors to the region.

How can people get involved or get in touch?

We are supported by an enthusiastic team of volunteers from the local community who enjoy guiding, teaching school groups, housekeeping, gardening and hosting Devonshire Teas. You can get in touch by popping into our office at 15 Mission Street, phone (07) 577 9772, or email reception@theelms.org.nz

Why do you feel the Bay is a special place to be & a great place to operate from?

It’s a great place to raise a family and enjoy all the natural attractions on offer.