Explore our Time Trail of buildings from the 1860s to the 1930s.



Picnic in our spacious grounds and browse through the displays in our heritage houses Check out our large collection of early photos of the area or our collection of family archives.


Silverdale Pioneer Village is an ideal place for a family visit where you can wander through the buildings or picnic under the trees
Set in park-like surrounds with a heritage chapel onsite, the Silverdale Pioneer Village is ideal to stage an outdoor wedding.

Group guided tours can be arranged.
Many schools favour the Pioneer Village as a location for field trips where children can learn more about the past.  Talks can be tailored to fit in with the school’s curriculum.
To arrange a tour, phone Judy on 09 426 5618

Opening hours during Summer
Closed Monday & Friday.  Open other days 10am to 3.00pm

Coming events

January 17th 10.30am  Tuesday Club

Bring along anything interesting you may have to show or talk about (it doesn’t have to be ‘historical’) or just listen to the conversation and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and some cake.

February 3rd   Picnic at Vera’s                $5 to cover expenses

Experience a real country garden and take part in old-fashioned games.  Vera’s house is now surrounded by the Millwater development but once through the huge trees which encircle the old Bartlett homestead you are in a place barely touched by time.  Bring a picnic lunch but tea, coffee etc will be supplied.  By way of contrast we have arranged a tour beforehand of the old Stoney house over the hill where renovation has taken a different turn.  Robin Stoney who represents the family on the Trust will be there to show what has been done and why.  We will meet at 10.30 at the Pioneer Village to carpool, but register beforehand with Ngaire (09 424 8615) so that sufficient cars are on hand.

February 21  10.30am  Tuesday Club

March 10.30am   Tuesday Club