Welcome to Petone


The museum has undergone a major refurbishment inside and out and we are now re-opened!

The Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whakaaro has changed. Repairs to the outside have brought back the original look and feel of our building. Features such as decorative concrete grills are once again revealed and the building restored to its original colour.

As well as changes outside, we are excited to share with you brand new exhibits inside.

Discover the real story of two important streets: Jackson Street and Patrick Street. Enjoy the stylish glamour of Miss Hutt Valley 1968 and feel the raw determination of Petone’s sporting champions. Walk back in time to marvel at fabrics and fancies on sale at Carey’s Drapery in 1954. And, back by popular demand, a brand new version of old favourite: the ship’s steerage cabin from 1840.

We’ve worked with locals, young and old, to bring you the stories and memories of Petone. Come and enjoy!

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LOWERHUTT, NEW ZEALAND - May 29: Petone Settlers Museum Re-dedication Day May 29, 2016 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/ http://www.huttcity.govt.nz/)

Photo: Mark Tantrum


Situated on the shores of Wellington’s ever-changing harbour, the Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whakaaro occupies one of New Zealand’s most significant memorial buildings—the Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial. The memorial was built to commemorate the arrival of the first British immigrants on Pito-one’s shores in 1840. Serving also as a bathing pavilion, the Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial was officially opened on 22 January 1940 and became the heart of Petone’s thriving beach scene.

For all family and local history enquiries contact the Heritage Centre at Hutt City Libraries.



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