Letters from Little America - Northland Antartica Explorers

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Included in General Admission.

Kiwi North welcomes you to their latest special exhibition ‘Letters from Little America - Northland explorers in Antarctica’.

This exhibition celebrates the adventures of three Whangarei brothers, Jack, Ben and Horace Robinson as part of Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic expeditions I and II, from 1928 to 1935.

Special photos, maps and artefacts brought back from the Antarctic by the Robinson brothers have been lent by their families for this event.

Artefacts in Whangarei Museum’s Collection are also showcased, including one of Admiral Byrd’s very own dog sledges. Other features include art and film taken by Admiral Byrd’s 1933 expedition team and preserved by the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Centre, USA.

17 February to 13 May 2018. The Mim Ringer Gallery, Whangarei Museum at Kiwi North.

10am—4pm daily. Included in general admission. While you are there visit the only Kiwi House in Northland and other Whangarei Museum displays.

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LocationKiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei
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Cost $20.00 Adult
$15.00 Adult Student
$15.00 Senior
$5.00 Child at school
$45.00 Family
RestrictionsAll Ages

Venue details

Address500 State Highway 14, Maunu
Phone(09) 438 9630
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About this Venue

Visit the nocturnal Kiwi House and see the resident kiwi foraging for food as they would in the wild. Learn about Kiwi conservation or see if you can spot one of our native geckos.

The Museum is home to nationally significant taonga (Maori treasure), early settler displays and changing exhibitions. The Clarke Homestead “Glorat” built in 1886 and lived in by the Clarke family until the 1980s is a museum in itself, displaying the family’s treasures through the generations.

Other heritage buildings on site include the first Women’s Jail, Jane Mander’s Study, Oruaiti Chapel (made from a single Kauri log and believed to be New Zealand’s smallest church) and Riponui Pah School House.

Set aside several hours, bring a picnic and take in the grounds of Heritage Park.

Home to regular “Live Days” where you will see the Park come to life! – The Heritage Park Clubs open their doors to the public revealing displays of vintage farm machinery, stationary engines, and vintage cars. Novelty rides include miniature and full-sized trains, bullocks, miniature ponies and vintage tractors. Food stalls, face painting and an eclectic mix of family fun activities provide that festive flavour.

Park over property for NZ Motor Caravan Association members.

Bush walks and waterfall.

You will find Gate 1, Kiwi North only 6.2 ks from the Hub, Town Basin, Whangarei.