Pirongia Historic Visitor Centre
Franklin Street, Pirongia, New Zealand
Pirongia Historic Visitor Centre Reviews
Bits and pieces from the past and the present Dec 18, 2010
Pirongia Historic Visitor Centre also known as Heritage and Information Centre is situated on Franklin Street, Pirongia village's main street. So, hardly no one can miss this official information centre even though just passing through.
The Historic Visitor Centre is a wonderful place providing countless useful information both for travellers and (hobby) historians. Once upon a time, in the early days the building itself was the Pirongia church. After being shifted to its current location this architectural relic showcases both exhibitions of historic artifacts and interesting travel information.
The centre hosts some lovely exhibits such as historic maps and documents, Maori art and the study of Mary E.Scott who was a local writer.
Apart from those heritages you can get lots of information about surrounding walking tracks (on Mt Pirongia), attractions and activities. Just look through the free information material and grab the one or other leaflet. You can also purchase some informative brochures published by the locally working Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society or Tourism Association as well as tickets for the hut (supervised by the Department of Conservation) on Mt Pirongia.
Besides a brand-new information panel showing maps and most significant information will be installed in front of the centre soon. Definitely worth looking at.
Since the Information Centre is run by a group of ambitious volunteers the opening hours are limited in time, which means you can visit the centre on Wednesday, Friday and at the weekend from 10.30am to 3.30pm. But if you're around at these times you shouldn't hesitate to wander in. The staff is friendly and always happy to share episodes from Pirongia's past and substantial information that help to organise your trips.
Part of the New Zealand 2010/11 travel blog
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