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The museum holds documents, photographs and other artefacts that tell the stories of Ōtaki's people and events from the past. These include:

Records of organisations

  • Ōtaki Borough Council

  • Tennis club 

  • Swimming club 

  • Indoor Bowling Club

Archival material

  • War Service records for individuals who served in World War 1 and World War 2

  • Scrapbooks of press cuttings going back 100 years

  • Oral history records

  • Maps – many original, hand drawn – from the Tararua to the sea; from Te Horo to Manakau

  • Photographs and exhibits from previous exhibitions

  • Photographs – originals and digital copies (available in Past Perfect)

  • A range of artefacts donated by members of the community (includes adzes and small farm machinery such as early seed drills)


A comprehensive collection of books about the history of Ōtaki and the Kapiti Coast.


If you wish to access any of the material held at the museum for research purposes,
please contact us.

Phone: 06 364 6886.


Visit: 49 Main St, Ōtaki

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