Firth Tower

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:

Admission Prices

Reserve (Grounds Only) - Free

Historic Buildings

$10 Adults, $5 Seniors, $5 Children ( under 16 yrs)

$5 per person for groups, plus $2 per activity
$2 tea / coffee.

Opening Hours

Historic Buildings

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

Grounds only - 10am - 4pm