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Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre

10 Campbell Street, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
+64 3-415 8323
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Only stopped by here as our car was getting sorted at the mechanic and there was nothing else to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Devon, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting and diverse visit

Definitely view the movie and check the toilets out - you'll see what I mean when you have been... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Angela P
Auckland, New Zealand
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The best small museum - with information centre, gallery, shop, library all under one roof to give visitors to The Catlins the best start to their visit.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
10 Campbell Street, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
+64 3-415 8323
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Only stopped by here as our car was getting sorted at the mechanic and there was nothing else to do... Spent as much time possible here... the information centre was great. Loads of maps and info giving on the low tides etc. There was also...More

Thank DaisyN91
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Definitely view the movie and check the toilets out - you'll see what I mean when you have been there. Good displays and interesting memorabilia. Exception - the geological section needs to be related and fixed up (and they are aware of it). Check the...More

Thank Angela P
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Southland has a number of excellent small museums and the Owaka Museum must rate as one of the best. This purpose built museum concentrates on the district's interesting maritime and forestry history. There is a small theatre inside the entrance where two documentary films of...More

Thank KiwiRob
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This museum was recommended to us by a local, well worth the visit. Friendly staff and a great selection of displays. Especially enjoyed the shipwreck short movies and display. Highly recommended.

Thank kim2232
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I was on a day trip with a number of travelers from our travel club. Our plans went a little astray when one of the main activities of the day fell through, so off to the Owaka / Catlins museum. The first thing you see...More

1  Thank D2958URpeter
Reviewed 20 May 2017

It is amazing what can be achieved when a small town comes together and focuses on one thing! A community effort, this is a very comprehensive and modern museum with heaps of history about the local area. Well worth a visit.

Thank irenebB8129QJ
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Small museum which easily fills in half an hour attached to a gift shop and information centre. Staffed by volunteers with a great deal of local knowledge and suggestions.

Thank Nmsj1957
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Great little museum staffed by volunteers who were friendly and helpful. Good use of audio visual on a limited budget and some excellent static displays.

Thank Parf2014
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

My favorite feature was the 2 short film clips about the shipwrecks that occurred nearby. The museum had some objects on display relating to these events as well. Overall I found the museum tried its best to cover a lot of topics so I spent...More

Thank GreyNomad2014
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We were staying in Owaka for 2 nights, so we thought we would take a look at the museum. A surprise actually in how good it was for such a small town. There are two short films played on loop about the shipwrecks that occurred...More

Thank virginbeautie
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