Visit the Deer Story Museum in Manakau

The Deer Story… Museum Bar and Cafe offers visitors a range of activities which are of interest to all nationalities and age groups. The museum follows the history of deer in New Zealand. From liberation in the wild for the pleasure of early European settlers, through the culling era when successive governments tried to destroy every deer, then the helicopters involvement in shooting and live capture. (During this era 201 helicopters crashed killing a total of 49 people while endeavouring to shoot or catch deer) and finally farming. New Zealand has become the largest deer farming nation in the world.

What are the highlights at Deer Story Museum?

See live capture Techniques on the 3m x 3m big screen. A full size replica Hughes 500 helicopter chasing a full size running stag (Static display). Four world class trophy sets of Red Deer Antlers. Authentic reconstruction of a deer culler hut from 1940’s era. An opportunity to hand feed deer from the decking.

The Deer Story… Museum Bar and Cafe souvenir shop has a large range of deer related product including deer skin handbags, clothing, hats, etc. Deer antler carvings and nik nacs, painting, books, walking sticks, tee-shirts, ornaments, jewelery, etc. (mostly deer related). The Deer Story… Museum Bar and Cafe delicatessen has a range of salimi, bier sticks, pastrami, ham, all made from venison. Also smoked venison, venison sausages, and fresh venison roasts or steak. Deer velvet, honey, deer velvet capsuls, slices, etc.

  • Monday – 15:00 to 23:00
  • Tuesday – 15:00 to 23:00
  • Wednesday – 15:00 to 23:00
  • Thursday – 15:00 to 23:00
  • Friday – 11:00 to 23:00
  • Saturday – 11:00 to 23:00
  • Sunday – 11:00 to 23:00


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