The Tower                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Welcome to Firth Tower

One of the largest farming Museum's in New Zealand


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.  It was also used as the estate office and 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.


Opening Hours

Historic buildings

Monday 9am-3pm
Tuesday, Wednesday - Closed
Thursday, Friday 9am-3pm
Saturday, Sunday 10am-4pm

Grounds only 

10am - 4pm

 Closed on public holidays

Entry fees

Museum Admission
Adults $10
Seniors (65+) $5
Child (5-16) $5

Motorhomes July School Holiday Special - refer to Motorhome page

Non Powered $15 per van per night

Powered $30 per van per night

 Please note:

Firth Tower Museum is temporarily closed due to a power outage. The facility will be shut today while the power companies are sorting the problem. We hope to reopen on Thursday 22/07/21 as normal.

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