Taranaki Country Music Hall of Fame


The former Band Hall now hosts a vast array of country music memorabilia that will captivate the country music enthusiast.

The hall is adorned with photographs of a galaxy of international country music stars while other displays feature farming and domestic items from a bygone era. 

The hall has an interesting history, from serving as a hospital and morgue during the 1919 Spanish flu epidemic to being a picture theatre and later a builder’s workshop. It became the headquarters of the Taranaki Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. Founded by Pam Willing, the Hall of Fame was purchased in 2002 by world renowned country musicians, Helen and Ian Braithwaite.

On the second Saturday of each month at 1.30pm and every Thursday evening from 6.30pm you can come along and join Helen and Ian for a great time with the regular band and singers. You are even welcome to take the stage and perform.

For a reasonable rate, catering is also available for groups, both large and small, with a show and lunch. Whether it is for bus tour, club function, private parties or weddings, your visit will be one to remember.

Contact Details

Physical Address

11 Surf Highway 45, Manaia

Operating Months

Year round

Operating Hours

Monday – Wednesday 10am - 4pm, Thursday 1pm - 10pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday by appointment