Welcome to Firth Tower Museum
Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Picnic under the venerable oaks or take a stroll. Learn something of life in a more leisured age through our museum displays housed in 13 buildings.
The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth, to provide a lookout over the country side and it was used as the estate office and as sleeping quarters for single men.
The tower stands on rising ground commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. The Firth Tower Historical Reserve is administered by the Matamata-Piako District Council and museum exhibits and displays are the work of the Matamata Historical Society. The Heritage Centre houses the archives of the Matamata area.
What we offer
Firth Tower Museum is one of Matamata's top family and function venues - whether you're looking for somewhere to relax and enjoy the surroundings, play and learn with the kids, or hold a special celebration - then you need to get in touch with us. Some of the facilities and services we offer include:
- Stunning grounds ideal for relaxing or having photos taken
- Interesting exhibits that display local history
- A beautiful chapel, very popular for weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals
- Overnight parking for motorhomes
- Fantastic school programmes that fit with the NZ curriculum
- Birthday parties
- A venue for local clubs and events
- Tours for buses and groups - ideal for mystery trips!