Nau mai, Haere mai – Welcome

The Te Awamutu Museum – Education & Research Centre is located at 55 Rickit Road, Te Awamutu, in the district of Waipā and the Waikato region.

Driving north to Hamilton takes approximately 33mins by car. Driving south to Ōtorohanga 24mins then onto Waitomo Caves, add on around 13mins.

ADMISSION:

General admission is FREE. Some creative programmes and special activities may have a minimal cost requirement, as advertised.

OPENING HOURS:

Monday – Friday: 10am-4pm

Saturday:  10am-2pm

Sunday: Closed

Public Holidays: 10am-2pm

Christmas/ New Year: Closed Midday Tuesday 24th December 2024 – Monday 6th January 2025

Easter: Closed Good Friday

Closed: Thursday 21st March for staff training from 2pm-4pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you are a group of 10+ people, please contact us first before your visit, so we can make the necessary arrangements for you.

PARKING:

CARPARKING:

  • Street parking is available in front of the centre on Rickit Road, and across the road
  • Limited parking on-site approx. 15mt past the front door through the gate on Rickit Road, in marked spaces. It’s just a short walk back around to the front entrance.
  • We can also direct you to parking areas in the town centre, only 5min walk from our new location. Please ask us if you’re not sure where to park.

BIKE PARKING:

We have an amazing FREE bike parking area located on-site. We can direct this to you when you arrive.

BUS STOP:

A bust stop is available for schools and visiting groups. Please make sure when placing your group booking to let us know if you need to use the bus stop and for how long.

Note: The Bus Stop park is for buses or light van vehicles only.

ACCESSIBLE PARKING:

There are 2 accessible carparks on-site. Please let us know if you need accessibility parking.

We have a sheltered park for your accessible scooter outside under the front door verandah at the right of the Museum doors.

ACCESSIBILITY

WHEELCHAIRS, PRAMS, PUSHCHAIRS, MOBILITY SCOOTERS, ETC.:

The Te Awamutu Museum – Education & Research Centre shares the building with Council staff, the on-site parking, accessibility entrance/exit and ablutions are shared spaces. The main entrance is sign posted via Rickit Road.

It is preferred that mobility scooters remain outside at the front entrance.

Prams and pushchairs are welcome, however, there are two stairs into the centre and four steps into the lower level spaces. We try to locate as many workshops, events and exhibitions in all spaces within the centre to ensure accessibility for visitors.

TOILETS:

Accessible toilets are located on the lower level of the centre, with a baby cane table. Note: these toilets are also used by staff members, please ensure children are supervised in this area.

HEALTH & SAFETY

IN AN EMERGENCY:

Please follow the instructions of staff members who are trained in first-aid and evacuation procedures. The assembly point for the centre is at the back of the building located in the main carpark.

FIRST AID:

A defibrillator and First Aid Kits are available with the centre, please notify your Visitor Host or a staff member if you require any assistance. If you witness any behaviour or hazard that has the potential to place yourself or any other visitor at risk, please alert any staff member immediately.