WELCOME TO The Deer Story Museum
DEER FARMING MUSEUM • HUNTING MUSEUM • CAFÉ • DEER PRODUCTS
INTRODUCING THE DEER STORY… MUSEUM NEW ZEALAND
The Deer Story… Museum is situated 4 km north of Otaki on the main Otaki – Levin Highway (SH1).
The Deer Story… Museum offers visitors a range of activities which are of interest to all nationalities and age groups.
The museum follows the history of deer in New Zealand. From liberation in the wild for the pleasure of early European settlers, through the culling era when successive governments tried to destroy every deer, then the helicopters involvement in shooting and live capture. (During this era 201 helicopters crashed killing a total of 49 people while endevouring to shoot or catch deer) and finally farming. New Zealand has become the largest deer farming nation in the world.
The Deer Story… Museum souvenir shop has a large range of deer related product including deer skin handbags, clothing, hats, etc. Deer antler carvings and nik nacs, painting, books, walking sticks, tee-shirts, ornaments, jewelery, etc. (mostly deer related)
The Deer Story… Museum delicatessen has a range of salimi, bier sticks, pastrami, ham, all made from venison. Also smoked venison, venison sausages, and fresh venison roasts or steak. Deer velvet, honey, deer velvet capsuls, slices, etc.
Other special features at The Deer Story… Museum include:
- See live capture Techniques on the 3m x 3m big screen.
- A full size replica Hughes 500 helicopter chasing a full size running stag (Static display).
- Four world class trophy sets of Red Deer Antlers.
- Authentic reconstruction of a deer culler hut from 1940’s era.
- An opportunity to hand feed deer from the decking.
The Deer Story… Museum is a very unique and educational farm experience. Enquires from tour operators, schools and clubs are very welcome. Special rates and services can be arranged on request. Access is directly off State Highway 1.
Parking is available.