Waikawa Museum

The Museum is housed in a restored school building. We tell our District's stories from the early Whalers, gold-mining, fishing, saw-milling, stone quarrying to present day farming. We also have an interesting farm machinery display.

We are on the South Catlins Heritage Trail in the hamlet of Waikawa.  The Museum is set in garden surrounds with picnic areas and tables available for visitors.

North & South magazine recommends us as being a well set out museum and worth a visit. We have a strong display of historically relevant photographs and genealogy research available upon request.

Contact Details

604 Niagara-Waikawa Rd, RD1, Tokanui, Southland 9884

03 246 8464


We are a volunteer run museum.

Visitor Information

604 Niagara-Waikawa Rd, Waikawa 9884

Currently 10am - 5pm - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday



Guided tour


Reference library

Other Facilities

Tourist brochures, Picnic area. We also do the bookings for accommodation in The Catlins and surrounding district.
-46.62354 169.1334 16 Waikawa Museum