Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum

April 19, 2010
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I took a trip out to Okains Bay this weekend. The Bay is on the Banks Peninsula (see the map below with the yellow Arrow). The museum is a treasure trove of Maori and early European artifacts.  I highly recommend a visit to it, it was fascinating!

A model of Canterbury and the Banks Peninsula.

The Maori meeting house.

A South Island Kiwi – there were a lot of bird exhibits.

A Maori food preserve.

A colonial house with stable next door.

Inside the colonial house – it had the tiniest chairs.


“The poupou is the work of Christchurch master carver Riki Manuel and was created from a totara trunk given by a West Coast farmer. The main theme of the poupou is mahinga kai (food resources). It also depicts tipuna (ancestors) of the Ng?i Tahu-Waitaha people”. Source: Christchurch Library

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