Welcome to the Historical Maritime Park and Museum, Paeroa

Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm

Come and view maritime past, maritime history and displays of the region including Captain Cook / Northern Steam Ship Co. and our naval displays.

ANZAC Poppies in the Park

Join us at ANZAC Poppies in the Park, held at the Historical Maritime Park and Museum from Saturday 20 April to Thursday 25 April 2019, 10am – 3pm each day.

River cruises

Cruise the Waihou and Ohinemuri Rivers on the paddleboat Tamati.

Weddings and private functions

Have your special day in the Park with it’s beautiful river view, tranquil riverbank trees and gardens.

Paeroa Christmas Lights Show

Bigger. Bolder. Brighter. Come along and be amazed at this spectacular display of lights.
Paeroa Historical Maritime Park’s Colin and Gloria James, left, with Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga at the site of the Wharf St, Paeroa, development.

Paeroa Historical Maritime Park’s Colin and Gloria James, left, with Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga at the site of the Wharf St, Paeroa, development.

Historic Maritime Park development set to float into Paeroa

Visitors will soon be able to cruise into Paeroa by riverboat in a $1.1 million development aimed at boosting tourism in the Waikato town.

The Paeroa Historical Maritime Park has received a $730,000 Provincial Growth Fund grant and $400,000 in funding from Hauraki District Council for the first stage of the project.

Stage one of the two-stage project will include an upgrade of Wharf St in Paeroa, which will link to a purpose-built community jetty on the Ohinemuri River. There will also be pontoons, a boardwalk and riparian planting with native plants at the Historical Maritime Park on the outskirts of the town, and a new riverboat to ferry people and bikes between the park and Wharf St.

Read more here…

Maritime museum

This Museum is the home to a very important collection of Maritime history relating to the role that Paeroa played as a port for unloading mining machinery and equipment in the late 19th century.

Hauraki Rail Trail

Enjoy a bike ride or just go for a walk on our cycleway into Maritime Park. Our link comes off the Paeroa – Thames cycleway next to Hubbard Road, well sign-posted at this point.

Weddings and private functions

A beautiful river view, tranquil riverbank trees and gardens. Enjoy an outdoor or indoor setting. We can cater for large weddings with many flexible options for your special day.

Camper vans welcome

Self-contained camper vans are welcome. Stay a night, stay more than a night. You might not want to leave.

Protecting historical maritime in New Zealand

Come and view maritime past, maritime history and displays of the region including Captain Cook / Northern Steam Ship Co. and our naval displays.

This museum is the home to a very important collection of maritime history relating  to the role that Paeroa played as a port for unloading mining machinery and equipment in the late 19th century when the goldfields of Waihi and Karangahake were being developed and mined. The vast amounts of gold that were gained from these goldfields were then shipped out of the area via these ports on site and the ports in town.

Paeroa is the farthest inland port in New Zealand?

The original Ohinemuri Council Wharf was established in Wharf Street. With the introduction of rail to Paeroa, this wharf was built a little further up stream from the original Ohinemuri Council Wharf, but the later construction of the first railway bridge meant that vessels had to lower their funnels to pass under the bridge which limited access to the larger vessels.

Today it is hard to visualise this, as there were no built up stop banks in those days so the vessels were able to berth alongside the wharves.

Railway wharf Paeroa Ngunguru and Patiki with Launch Matuku with original shed

Bigger. Bolder. Brighter. Come along and be amazed at the spectacular display of lights dancing to music, the laser light show, and discover the Amazing Magical Museum... I wonder what is happening at the North Pole?

Historical Maritime Park and Museum, Inc.

Visit Positive Paeroa for information on places to stay and things to do.

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