Heritage Park Clubs
Nestled amidst the Heritage Park grounds are a number of heritage and environment focused Clubs.
The Heritage Park Clubs are their doors to the public on Live Days providing that living history component. For further information please contact the Club directly.
Northland Astronomical Society (click for website)
We hold regular public viewing nights, usually around the first quarter of the moon, and welcome young and old to come and enjoy the night sky through our state of the art Celestron CGE-14" telescope and other club telescopes. Our latest additon is our wonderful Planetarium. We also hold monthly society members’ evenings, which usually start with a BBQ dinner followed by a quiz and the latest news on the night sky.
Contact Peter Felhofer on Phone 09 438 9644
Northland Farm Forestry Association
Our members have all worked with the land for many years and we want to share our knowledge. In about 1984 we planted out pine trees on the Museum grounds and we regularly maintain them, the profit from these pines will be shared with the Museum.
Contact Peter Davis-Colley Phone 09 433 1718
Northland Vintage Car Club
Our club members enjoy regular runs around Northland and the rest of the country; we have a spare parts shop and a library for members' use. Our club owns several vintage vehicles which we display on Wednesdays and special open days
Contact Lawrence Hillier 09 4346457
Northland Vintage Farm Machinery Club
There are 34 fully restored farm tractors, bulldozers and other miscellaneous machinery on display in two sheds. From a 1923 Fordson F to a 1950 International Farmall, or a 1930 Cat 10 to a 1950's David Brown T50 Crawler. Most of the machinery has been donated to our club and painstakingly restored. Viewing can be made by appointment, every Tuesday or visit us on special open days.
Contact Dick Thorburn on Phone 09 4343580
Whangarei Amateur Radio Club
We are home to a selection of ex-military communication equipment, including the Army, Navy and Airforce. Also on display are early models of homebuilt amateur radio equipment. We have regular evenings at our club station where we communicate with other amateur enthusiasts from around the world, and sometimes in space!
Contact Charlie Moates on Phone 09 434-7292
The Medical Museum
This incredible collection of medical instruments and equipment goes on display to the public in its new home for the very first time. NZ's premiere Medical Museum is a unique and fascinating journey through our medical and technological history.
Kiwi North, 500 SH 14 Maunu, Whangarei - Gate 2
enquiries and appointments John Swinney 021 496699
Whangarei Model Engineering Club (click for website)
We are a group of model engineers who happen to specialize in trains, although we encourage our members in any other model engineering project they are working on. The third Sunday of each month is a public running day when families can come along and ride the trains for a small fee. We also run on special open days at the Museum.
Contact Rodney White on Phone 09 438-7911 Mobile 027 485 7495
Whangarei Native Bird and Forest Protection Society
Over the years our club has supported the Whangarei Kiwi House, both financially and with volunteer labour. We meet every two months, on the second Tuesday of the month and all are welcome.
Contact Mick Collier on Phone 09 438-6400
Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre (click for website)
Our centre is run by part time staff and volunteers. There are two main aspects of the work we do, the first being care for and rehabilitate injured native birds for release back into the wild. The second aspect of our work is birdlife education, working with the kiwi recovery program and fostering environmental consciousness. Many of the birds we see are brought in by members of the public and we often get unusual birds to care for after storms, such as the albatross. With the help from the community we release them out at sea by the Poor Knights Islands.
Opening hours: Mondays and Fridays, 1-4:30pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10am-4:30pm.
Closed on weekends.
Contact Robert Webb on phone 09 438-1457
Whangarei Rock and Gemstone Club
The Whangarei Rock & Gem Club meets monthly in our rooms on the Heritage Park. We are keen collectors of everything terra firma and show the public the process of polishing rocks and identifying types of rock on special open days at the Museum.
Contact Rob Carver on Phone 09 435 7373
Whangarei Stationary Engineering Club
Our club is a group of enthusiastic people dedicated to collecting and restoring stationary engines. These special engines were used before electricity became mainstream. Farmers relied on stationary engines for milking, shearing, driving generators. We have two 10 tonne, almost 100hp engines, and many smaller stationary engines working and on display every Wednesday, on special open days and by appointment. In total there are 240 restored engines on display.
Contact John Eynon on Phone 09 438 2442
Whangarei Steam and Model Railway Club (click for website)
The pride of our club is Seymour, the Peckett steam locomotive gifted to us by Wilsons (NZ) Portland Cement works in 1977. This steam loco has recently undergone full restoration works. We are also home to a model railway and have an enthusiastic group of members who enjoy showing it off to the public on special open days.
Contact Ted Greenwood on Phone 09 437 6824