Visiting The Elms

We welcome visitors to The Elms all year around, 10am - 4pm, every day.
Our beautiful gardens are open to enjoy free of charge (allow approximately 30 minutes). 

Information panels in the house and library explain the lives of the mission families. Another 12 information panels describing the development of the mission station are situated around the one hectare garden. A guide to the gardens is available from Visitor Reception.

Visit our Getting to The Elms page for information on where to find us.

Clubs, Societies & Special Interest Groups

We welcome clubs and societies and special tours. A knowledgable guide can be arranged all year around by contacting Visitor Reception. Group visits can be tailored to suit the needs of your group.

Please note: booking ahead is essential. Please contact Visitor Reception on (07) 577 9772 or use the enquiry form below.

School Groups: We welcome school groups to The Elms. Please see our School Trips page for more information.

Cruise Ship Visitors

Welcome to Tauranga! A visit to the historic heart of the Bay of Plenty is a must see for all visitors to the area.

Book your visit ahead whilst on board or take advantage of the regular Hop On - Hop Off bus to bring you from the port to The Elms. Our team of volunteer guides will be ready to welcome you.

Why not visit The Elms in style in a classic car?
Contact Mount Classic Tours for further details.

Who are the guides?

The guides are volunteers with an interest in The Elms and its place in the history of the Bay of Plenty and New Zealand. They are trained to show visitors around the buildings and grounds of this former mission station. They will tell you stories of the early years of Alfred and Charlotte Brown's mission work, the troubled times of the land wars, the establishment of the township of Tauranga, tales of sacrifice and dedication by subsequent owners in their efforts to preserve the property and its contents.

Join the Elms team

If you have an interest in history and conservation and enjoy meeting people, then consider joining The Elms volunteer team. The Elms relies heavily on volunteer support from the local community - people from all walks of life enjoy committing some of their spare time to guiding, conservation work, gardening and more. Please contact The Elms office to register your interest.

Phone: 07 5779772