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11 Bay of Plenty heritage attractions to visit: DAY 2 - Stop 1

Elms mission building (1838) and gardens

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The Elms, mission house in Tauranga The Elms, mission house in Tauranga

Discover a place echoing the lives of people for over 800 years. Find out about the personal lives of people caught up in the 19th century NZ Land Wars and walk among a garden where the plantings reflect the life of Alfred Brown and the guardians of The Elms. Spend time exploring the mission cemetery and contemplate the consequences of the Battle of Gate Pa. The Elms is a visible link to the story of modern Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Elms is the former Anglican Te Papa Mission Station, established by the Church Missionary Society. The Te Papa Peninsula represents narratives of human occupation and is a place with intertwined stories of Maori and European endeavour in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Elms mission top sights

  • The Elms magnificent collection of original 19th furniture & fittings
  • Victorian garden intertwined with native plantings
  • Place of occupation for over 800 years reflecting the history of the area
  • St George’s Anglican Church of Gate Pa
  • Mission Cemetery with its links to the NZ Land Wars

The Elms is a category one listed heritage building and holds nationally significant collections nestled within a gracious Victorian garden.

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