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.
While the property is currently not open to the public, this virtual museum enables you to view the house and garden, items from a collection of family possessions, and learn something of the early history of the pioneering missionary brothers, Henry and William Williams, and their families. Collectively they played an important part in shaping relationships between Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand in the early to mid nineteenth century.
To navigate the site click on the menu at the top of the page.
Annual Open Day.
Each year the Trust opens the garden at 'the Retreat' to the public - usually in early November when the spring garden is looking its best.
For 2019, we were honored to be included as one of the gardens open to visit as part of the Kerikeri Rotary Club's annual 'Garden Safari' on November 2nd and 3rd.
The weather was beautiful both days, and we got wonderful feedback from the hundreds of visitors who greatly appreciated the opportunity to visit this normally private garden.
Many thanks to all the guests who purchased information pamphlets, homemade lemonade or slices of Marianne Williams's original recipe ginger pound cake.... the proceeds from which will all go to the further development and upkeep of the house and garden.