Park Johanna's World

Johanna's World 


in Upper Norsewood, Southern Hawke’s Bay




A Gateway to History


Johanna’s World is a Little Norway, created in memory of the early Norwegian settlers who arrived New Zealand in 1872 and 1873. 




JOHANNA'S WORLD is a museum, visitor attraction and a place to stay for a night or more.


Today there are five Norwegian style buildings and a Stave Church.  If you are interested in 'migration history, this is the place to visit!


You may purchase the book Johanna's World directly from the author Oystein Andresen

 and get it signed by him. 


The Fairy tale Trolls at Johanna's World are also 'migrants from Norway, and you find a bunch of them in the park.  Children may meet them in the Troll Caves inside a STABBUR (old style Norwegian storehouse) named Trollheimen (Troll's Home).






Family cottage with living room/kitchen, bedroom and restroom/shower, separate WC.    

 Suitable for family of 4.



Guesthouse with living room/library, kitchen, 2 bedrooms (1 VIP and 1 backpackers), and restroom/shower/WC. Suitable for 4.


Back Packers on the ground floor.



A small museum


Replica of the log cottage from Grue, Norway where Johanna was born in 1855 (the main person in the novel "Johanna's World" who came to Norsewood in 1873). -  Also for Back Packers



MARIA STAVKIRKE (Mary's Chapel):

This is a replica of one of the ca 1000 Stave Churches built in Norway around 900 years ago, and the first and only one to be built in New Zealand.  The Church was blessed and opened on 17th May 2009.  

You can have your wedding here, in a real Stave Church!


Your Host Maria Andresen

welcome: VELKOMMEN!




For visit/accommodation call  


 (+64)   6   374 0973   (from overseas)

              or    06-374 0973   or 021 082 83618   (inland New Zealand)