Visit Taranaki Pioneer Village in Taranaki

Take a nostalgic stroll through yesteryear and experience an outdoor museum presenting the life of Taranaki pioneers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – recall childhood memories and introduce ‘the good old days’ to the younger generation”. The Pioneer Village outdoor museum also offers a beautiful venue for weddings, family and corporate functions with the Mangatoki Church, Village Green, the Court House and Opunake Railway Station. Onsite catering is available. The Shakee Pear Cafe has a relaxed, warm atmosphere with adjacent children’s playground.

When is the village open?

Pioneer Village is open every day between 10am-4pm during the school holidays. When it is not school holiday times, they will be open on Saturdays and Sundays between the same hours.

A major central Taranaki visitor attraction that appeals to all ages with modern amenities which contrast with a ‘stepping back in time’ experience as visitors enter village main street. No visit to the Taranaki Pioneer Village would be complete without taking a ride on the ‘Pioneer Express’ train. The train encircles the property and is a popular way to view the museum. The Pioneer Express was built by a local engineer based on a Barclay shunting engine which would be similar to those used in Stratford in the 1920’s. It circuits the village on a 24” gauge railway. The ‘Express’ can carry 20 children and departs from the refurbished Opunake L19251 Railway Station.

The village is open every day during school holidays, from 10:00 to 16:00. Otherwise:

  • Monday – CLOSED
  • Tuesday – CLOSED
  • Wednesday – CLOSED
  • Thursday – CLOSED
  • Friday – CLOSED
  • Saturday – 10:00 to 16:00
  • Sunday – 10:00 to 16:00


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