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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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Quick visit

Just a quick trip in. If you like the history of the wrecks around the cost this is a great place... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dunedin, New Zealand
via mobile
helpful staff

Didn't do the museum, but the info centre staff were very helpful with local inormation. Could have... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Thames, 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 good25%
  • Average6%
  • 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 1 week ago via mobile

Just a quick trip in. If you like the history of the wrecks around the cost this is a great place to visit. $5 per entry.

Thank 422iana
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Didn't do the museum, but the info centre staff were very helpful with local inormation. Could have offered more advice though which we picked up from locals

Thank gorgle
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Interesting little museum. Worth the $5. Have a wander - Really interesting stories about the shipwrecks along the coast.

Thank Kinuck
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

This is a must when visiting the Catlins. It has heaps of information and a lot of maps and brochures to take away. The museum is also very interesting and worth the modest entry.

Thank A S
Reviewed 26 December 2017

The museum gives you a very good overview of the history of the Catlins area, especially as regards the timber industry, railways and the sea. Well worth a visit.

Thank RJS964
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Be sure to take the time to visit the Owaka Museum when in the area. It is run by volunteers that are extremely knowledgeable about the area. They give you all the good out of the way places to visit that are special to the...More

Thank Stirg
Reviewed 12 December 2017 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
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