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  The Elms Mission Station

Address15 Mission Street Tauranga 3143. The Elms is about 10 minutes stroll from the Tauranga city centre I-site office, past the historic Monmouth Redoubt. Buses run from the port at Mount Maunganui to the city centre.
RegionBay Of Plenty
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone+64 (0)7 5779772
Fax+64 (0)7 5779782
Contact PersonAudrey King
HoursRelax in the gardens, open daily.
Garden Size3 acres, allow 1 hour for your visit.
PriceThe garden is free to visitors, however the house and library are $5 per person and 50 cents for children.
Brochure Available?Yes
ParkingParking – available on Mission Street, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Food AvailableNo
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingThe many garden seats allow our visitors to relax and enjoy the pleasant surroundings.
PicnicsVisitors can bring a picnic and have it in the grounds. Smoking – no smoking, candles or naked flames allowed on the property.
Wheelchair AccessYes.
Dogs AllowedNo animals are permitted on the property without prior approval.
Children AllowedYes but please supervise at all times.
WeddingsThe Elms, a place of great historical and spiritual significance, as the venue for your wedding. We know that you will always treasure your memories of this special occasion, so we will to do whatever we can to make your day perfect. Yours will be the only wedding at The Elms for the time you book. You may hold the ceremony either in the grounds or in the Chapel. If you plan an outdoor wedding, but the weather is bad on the day you can move into the Chapel. The Chapel has seating for 70 people. There are no facilities for holding receptions. If you are married elsewhere and come to The Elms to have photos taken there is a fee of $100. It is essential to book in advance. Price $400.
Plant/Other SalesBooks avaible for sale on the history of The Elms
Guided ToursGuides are in attendance in the Mission House and Library between 2 PM and 4 PM on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Allow approximately 45 minutes to visit the house and library, and at least another 30 minutes to enjoy the gardens. Arrangements can be made to group tours at other times by contacting The Elms Supervisor, phone 07 5779772 or email
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesThe Elms historic house museum, the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty, is an essential stop for all visitors to Tauranga. From this traditional English home, Maori were given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, and were educated in reading and writing, as well as agricultural and domestic skill.

A replica chapel was erected on the original site in 1965. It is now a popular wedding venue, with the gardens providing many opportunities for photographs.

The library has changed little since it was built in 1839, and still holds books belonging to the Rev Brown, and the Chruch Missionary Society. The early missionaries had to be self sufficient, and the wide range of topics covered by the books include theology, medicine, music and gardening.
If you wish, we may arrange for our visitors to enjoy a guided tour of these buildings.


The Garden

These tranquil grounds and old mission buildings are steeped in history.

A stroll through the gardens reveals attractive settings at every turn. The many mature trees, oak, elm and chestnut, rimu and kauri provide dappled shade along with extensive lawns.

Many of the English trees in the gardens were planted by missionary Alfred Brown in the 1830's. An acorn carried from England in 1829, has grown into a fine specimen on the north lawn. Norfolk Island pines were favoured by missionaries for the Christian cross, renewed in each year's new growth.

New Zealand trees and shrubs were planted in the early twentieth century by the second generation of the family to occupy the property.

There are also fine examples of unusual trees, such as the bunya bunya pine.

Illustrated signs in the gardens interpret the influence of succeeding generations on the mature garden we enjoy today.

The Gardener

The gardens are maintained by Tauranga City Care.
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