Butler Point is one of Northland’s most fascinating heritage tourist attractions. Notable for its association with the early history of the Far North of New Zealand the property boasts the Whaling Museum, acknowledged as one of the most comprehensive private museums of its kind in New Zealand, as well as Butler House & Gardens, the residence of Captain William Butler built in the 1840s. A Pa (hillfort) on the property provides evidence of earlier occupation by Māori.
Visit us and take a tour of the Whaling Museum, Butler House and Gardens.
Tours of the museum, house and gardens are by appointment only and can be booked online.
Situated just a short drive from Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, and close to the picturesque village of Mangonui, the centre of Doubtless Bay, Butler Point provides a fantastic cultural day trip, or a wonderful stopping point on your Northland itinerary, before exploring Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach.
William Butler was a retired whaling ship captain who became a successful merchant in northern New Zealand. With strong ties to the whaling industry, Captain Butler became wealthy by provisioning visiting whaling ships, from a store he had constructed on the Point, and by exporting flax and kauri timber and gum to Australia. Butler also advertised a service, recruiting crew members for the whaleships.