About us

The Ongaonga museum is home to 13 historical buildings that house a variety of historical artefacts, kindly donated by local families and individuals.  

The Ongaonga museum is a fantastic place to learn about early Central Hawkes Bay. The museum has a wealth of information from the late 1800s to today about Central Hawkes Bay. Come to explore the old buildings, take a walking tour of the village or read the local records. Enjoy a picnic on the museum grounds or stop and stretch your legs on a long road trip. 

Entry to the museum is free, but, the museum relies on the kind donations it receives each year from our visitors and benefactors. Donations are very much appreciated and if you would like to donate, you can do so at the museum or by heading to our donations page.

The Ongaonga Museum welcomes group visits. To find out more head to the group visits page or contact us at info@ongaongamuseum.org.nz

  •   Seeing so much history in each of the buildings especially the Museum, they worked so hard breaking in the land.

    Kiwi767
    1/15/2021
  •   The Ongaonga Museum is a step back into our pioneering days.

    Also nearby, just a 2h hike up a very well maintained track in the Ruahines, is the Sunrise... read more

    132kevinp
    12/02/2020
  •   Small free historic museum (donation boxes around) of buildings and artifacts relating to the area's history. We did start at the main Ongaonga museum complex (location of public toilets) but... read more

    avatar thumb amchitara
    6/05/2019

Open Hours

Sundays from 1 to 4 pm

Will open for groups.

Ongaonga is a small village located 45 minutes from Hastings along and off state Highway 50.

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