The dramatic landscape of Te Urewera has attracted people for centuries. Settlers and visitors have left a legacy of artefacts, photos, paintings and archival materials which gives clues to following generations of how people have lived in the area over the years.
As well as being an information centre the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre is also a museum so it contains a wide range of artefacts from the area. The visitor centre is registered as a collector of artefacts under the Antiquities Act 1975 to keep taonga (treasures), and this ensures that artefacts from Te Urewera National Park can remain within the park. Taonga held at Aniwaniwa have been donated or lent to the museum.