Here at Te Waimate you will find the remains of a model English village built close to many Māori settlements by missionaries. Our first European farm was established by the Church Missionary Society to teach British farming practices and promote the ideals of Western civilisation to Māori. It was also the site of the second signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Built in 1832, this is the last of three mission houses in the area. The mission was founded in 1830 on behalf of the Church Missionary Society by Reverend Samuel Marsden, with the agreement of local Ngāpuhi.
Te Waimate offers stories of courage, war and challenge during early encounters between Māori and Europeans.
The last remaining building, which you can see today, was designed and built in a simple Georgian style. It became the heart of the Church Missionary Society’s pioneering model farm and a forerunner of modern agriculture in New Zealand.
At the farm, missionaries taught local Māori Western farming techniques and tried to convert them to Christianity.
Today you can enjoy the beauty of the remaining mission house and walk in the footsteps of the famous Victorian scientist and evolutionist Charles Darwin, who spent Christmas at this remarkable place in 1835.