The Tower                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Welcome to Firth Tower

One of New Zealand's largest farming museums. 

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Take a stroll or picnic under the venerable oaks. 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

Closed on public holidays

Entry fees

Museum Admission

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

 Please note:

 Firth Tower Museum is open during it's normal hours with the following guidelines in place:

  • If you are sick, stay home.

  • It is mandatory to scan in via the QR code for contact tracing or provide your contact details to staff.

  • Abide by safe physical distancing.  Keep 2m away from other people at all times.

  • Group bookings must be pre approved by Firth Tower management before they are granted entry.

  • Self-contained motorhomes are welcome.   Please abide by level 2 guidelines.

  • All children under 16 yrs must have one caregiver supervising them

  • Volunteers and user groups must gain pre approval from Firth Tower management before they are granted entry.

  • Be mindful, kind and patient with our sta­ff and others.

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