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 $10.00
Child (5-16) $5.00
Senior $5.00

 Please note:

The Tower building is temporarily closed to the public due to earthquake assessments, other buildings are open as normal.

Firth Tower Museum will be closed from Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December 2023 for the Christmas holidays.  Open Friday 29th December 9am-3pm, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st December 10am-4pm.  Closed Monday 1st January 2024 till 3rd January 2024.  Normal hours resume Thursday 4th January 2024.

We hope you have a merry Chirstmas and a happy New Year.

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