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Waikawa Museum and Information Centre

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The Museum is housed in a disused and upgraded school building. The Museum tells the historical story of the area from the early Whalers, goldmining, fishing, sawmilling, stone quarrying to present day farming. It also has an interesting farm machinery display.


Situated on the South Catlins Heritage Trail in the hamlet of Waikawa.  It is set in garden surrounds with picnic areas and tables available for visitors.


Recommended by North & South magazine as being a well set out museum and worth a visit.


A good display of historically relevant photographs and genealogy research available upon request.

Collection Type
History, Agriculture

Contact Details
Postal address iconWaikawa, RD1, Tokanui, Southland 9884
Telephone number icon03 246 8464

Visitor Information
Physical address icon604 Niagara - Waikawa Road, Tokanui, Southland, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaily 10am - 5pm
Charges iconGold coin donation

Reference LibraryParkingGuided Tour
Tourist brochures, Picnic area. We also do the bookings for accomodation in the Catlins and surrounding district.