Please note:

Firth Tower Museum is open during Alert Level 2, with additional precautions:

 - Distancing measures in reception. We encourage visitors to pay by eftpos or paywave where possible
 - Contact tracing for all visitors
 - A specific route around the estate and exhibits to reduce contact
 - One bubble per building
 - All children under 16 must be supervised by an adult

Be mindful, kind and patient of our staff and other visitors.

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The Tower                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Welcome to Firth Tower

One of the largest farming Museum's in New Zealand


Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Picnic under the venerable oaks or take a stroll. 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

Grounds only 

10am - 4pm

 Closed on public holidays

Entry fees

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

Motorhomes* Summer Special refer to Motorhome page

Non Powered $10 per van per night

Powered $15 per van per night