The Far North Regional Museum at 6 South Rd, Kaitaia holds a remarkable collection. Its purpose is to illuminate the stories and histories of the very Far North district (Te Hiku o te Ika) of New Zealand.
Treasures among the pre-European Maori collection include greenstone, early carvings and the 500 year old skeletal remains of the extinct kuri (Polynesian dog). Other major themes are gum digging and the Dalmatians, kauri gum and timber, early shipwrecks, missionary pioneers. The Museum has a large archives collection – documents, journals, newspapers, maps and photographs from the extensive Northwood Collection. It is the proud home of the first European item left in New Zealand, the mighty de Surville anchor.