Welcome to the Henry and William Williams Museum website, which showcases ‘The Retreat’, an historic house at Pakaraka in Northland, New Zealand, built for Henry and Marianne Williams in 1853.

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2022 Annual Open Day .


We customarily hold an Open Day at the Retreat in spring for people to enjoy the garden and see the exterior of this important heritage house. 


So it is disappointing to report that we have to cancel the Open Day this year as the grounds have been badly affected by the wet winter, heavy flooding and storm damage.


Instead we hope to hold a working bee on Sunday 6 November so any family members in the Bay of Islands area would be very welcome to join us.


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