Plan Your Visit

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

Admission Price

Visitors to The Elms Te Papa, purchase admission price includes grounds access and a guided tour of House and Library.

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

* 50% discounts apply for Tauranga Residents/Ratepayers  and 10% discount for Seniors 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

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

Winter opening hours: 11am-3pm

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.

Disability Access

Due to the heritage features at The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga (such as the crushed shell and stone paths) the site is 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.


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. We welcome picnics in the grounds, we ask that food and drink is not taken into the buildings.

Dogs and other animals are not permitted except for Guide Dogs

Photography & Filming

The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga is an ideal location for photography and filming. Pre-booking 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

Location for The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga

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

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.