There are two great Country Museums in New Zealand. They exhibit the history and heritage in Country Music of Australasia and Overseas famous Country Music Stars.
On display are Photos (many autographed), rare vinyl recordings, sheet music. instruments, memorabilia, trinklets and other collectables from the world of country music. on display.
|Hector Country Music Heritage Museum
32km north of Wesport, West Coast,
|Taranaki Country Music Hall of Fame
15km Northwest of Hawera, South Taranaki, North Island
Both are a must to include in your travels, are real gems and well worth a visit. You will be simply amazed at their displays.
Hector Country Music Heritage Museum
Situated in the South Island at 22 Ives Street, Hector, Buller, West Coast, the museum is run by musician and radio DJ Barry Skinner with the support of his wife Judy, and is well worth the stop. They opened the Hector Country Music Museum in 2002
A real gem of music history with a collection of 12,500 vinyl records (some you've never heard before), cassettes-CD's, DVD and VCR collections, photos, autographs, collection of sheet music, access to nearly 400,000 songs - "hard-to-find music'' as Barry calls it - from as far back as the 1920s.. instruments and literally 100s and 100's of other collectables (and some not-so-collectable) trinkets and treasures that will amaze you, from the world of country music.
The Hector Country Music Heritage Museum is open by appointment.
Taranaki Country Music Hall of Fame
Situated in the North Island, Manaia on Surf Highway 45 the Music Hall of Fame is an event venue and museum, adorned with a vast collection of over 400 photographs of famous country music stars from around the world, old instruments plus farming memorabilia and iconic household items. Souvenirs and CD’s of NZ Country and Western artists are for sale.
Resident Band Club Evenings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 1.30pm and every Thursday evening at 7pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) All welcome.
Bus tours are welcome to view or have a finger food lunch or Morning Tea/Afternoon Tea with a live showcase which features a variety of country music old and new songs. Shows normally last one hour. Prior bookings essential. Entry fee applies.
The Taranaki Country Music Hall of Fame is open by appointment.
Hosts Helen and Ian Braithwaite also provide catering for groups, entertainment, music lessons and disability access.