Plan Your Visit

We welcome visitors to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga all year around.

  • Opening Hours: 11am-3pm
  • Location: 15 Mission Street, Tauranga
  • Phone: (07) 577 9772
  • Email:


For all independent visitors, the following prices include entrance to the grounds and a guided tour.

ADULT* $20
CHILD (up to 18 years)** Free

* discounts apply for Tauranga Residents/Ratepayers (50% discount) and Seniors (10% discount) on proof of ID – forms of ID accepted include a power/phone account, bank statement, rates bill, library card, driver’s license with address, and gold card

** when accompanied by parent or caregiver, not applicable to groups or schools

Guided Tours

Guided Tours are available from 11am-3pm without pre-booking. They run on an as needed basis – so you should be able to join a tour within 30 minutes of arriving at The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga. In the interim you will be able to explore the beautiful grounds and read the many information panels.

All our guides are volunteers with an interest in The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga. They are trained to show visitors around the buildings and grounds – offering stories of the past and bringing your experience to life.

Getting to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga

The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga is centrally located and easily accessible from Tauranga CBD and Mount Maunganui.

From Tauranga CBD, Willow Street:

  • Head North on Willow Street for approx 400 metres (4 minutes)
  • Turn right onto Monmouth Street
  • Turn left onto Cliff Road, and walk approx 400m (4 minutes)
  • Turn left on to Mission Street and walk approx 100m (1 minute)
  • The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga will be on your right

From Mount Maunganui:

  • Buses run from Mount Maunganui to the Tauranga city centre.
    The main Tauranga bus stop is on Willow Street, and from there it’s a short walk to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga (see details above).

Disability Access

Due to the heritage features at The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga (such as the crushed shell and stone paths) the site is rather limited in terms of disability access.

There are also some small steps to enter the House and Library where a ramp isn’t currently available. If you would like more information, please email us on or phone 07 577 9772 and we can work out the best access points for your visit.


For those that choose to drive to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga there is limited parking on Mission Street which is free for up to 120 minutes. If you are unable to secure a park here there is also a paid public car park at the end of Mission Street on Cliff Road, which is open Monday – Friday.

Services on Site

The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga does not have a cafe on site so please bring water and food with you if required. We welcome picnics in the grounds, we just ask that food and drink is not taken into the buildings.

Photography & Filming

The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga is an ideal location for photography and filming and we are always pleased to see the grounds used in this way. Pre-booking though is essential to ensure there are no clashes with weddings or other events taking place in the grounds.

If you do shoot here at The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga please tag us in your photos on Facebook!

Community Group Visits

The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga welcomes all clubs, societies and groups who would like to arrange a visit to this significant heritage site. We will work around your time schedule as much as possible and can welcome groups large or small.

Pre-bookings are essential to ensure that we have enough guides ready for your group and to avoid any wait times. Devonshire Teas to follow your guided tour are available on request, as are special interest presentations by our knowledgeable guides.

Please phone us on 07 577 9772 or email to make a booking.

Terms & Conditions

If you are planning a visit to The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga please take your time to read through our Terms and Conditions:

The Elms T&C’s General Public

Site Map

Our site map is available when you visit The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga but may also be helpful in preparation for your visit.