Patea Heritage

Aotea Memorial Waka  (pictured above) - The wonderful Aotea waka, a key feature as you drive through Patea, was constructed in 1933 to commemorate the settlement of the area by Turi and his hapu.

St George’s Anglican Church

This beautiful old building was consecrated in 1885. It was designed by Frederick de Jersey Clere, the noted ecclesiastical architect. This building is registered as a Category 1 Historic Place with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

South Taranaki District MuseumAotea Utanganui

Perhaps the most important archive of district information, articles and pieces, the South Taranaki District Museum is on the main road through Patea. The central section of the museum is the oldest colonial building in South Taranaki. It was built in 1869 and housed Taplin and Muir's General Store at the time of the first government sale of town sections in 1870. The museum offers a rich and varied history of the area. Make sure you stop in when you come to town!


Patea Heritage Inventory

Click here to access the Patea Heritage Inventory. This file offers a detailed inventory of heritage sites in Patea for people who would like more information regarding this important historic town.

Historic Places Map


1. St George's Anglican Church *
2. Bank of New Zealand
3. Patea Co-operating Parish Church and Hall
4. Post Office
5. Methodist Church
6. Beconsfield
7. The South Taranaki District Museum
8. The Library and Plunket Rooms and the Aotea Memorial Waka

* or ** indicates New Zeland Historic Places Trust status