The Tower                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Welcome to Firth Tower

One of New Zealand's largest farming museums. 

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Take a stroll or picnic under the venerable oaks. Learn something of life in a more leisured age through our museum displays housed in 13 buildings. 

The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth to provide a lookout over the country side.  It was also used as the estate office and sleeping quarters for single men. The tower stands on rising ground commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. The Firth Tower Historical Reserve is administered by the Matamata-Piako District Council and museum exhibits and displays are the work of the Matamata Historical Society. The Heritage Centre houses the archives of the Matamata area.

 


Opening Hours

Historic buildings

Monday 9am-3pm
Tuesday, Wednesday - Closed
Thursday, Friday 9am-3pm
Saturday, Sunday 10am-4pm

Closed on public holidays

Entry fees

Museum Admission

Adults $10
Seniors (65+) $5
Child (5-16) $5

 Please note:

Firth Tower Estate and Museum – Orange setting

As a public facility we are open with capacity limits based on one metre distancing - see here for further information, opening days and hours.

  • Contact tracing and face coverings will be required.
  • Events/Gatherings/Bookings limited to 50 people without a My Vaccine Pass or unlimited with a Vaccine Pass.
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