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Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre

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Address: 10 Campbell Street, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-415 8323
10:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The best small museum - with information centre, gallery, shop, library all...

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.

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Interesting and well presented

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.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nelson, New Zealand
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Nelson, New Zealand
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Jannali, Australia
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243 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
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 a long time taking in each display, however, I did not find all of them... More 

Thank GreyNomad2014
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62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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 locally. This was very interesting for us as it is a bit of English history.

Thank virginbeautie
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

A great place for factual and useful advice..the tips they give are great and save you time and money..we went to Teds Bay ..

Thank Mikeauknz
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Tiny town Owaka maybe but this is an extraordinary gem of a museum. Multimedia it promised, and it delivered. Many video testimonials from older stalwarts of the local community, tons of old photos from the Catlins area, really interesting displays and stories of local contributors to the World War efforts, and artefacts from ships wrecked off the area's rocky coastline.... More 

Thank dunnerak
Christchurch, New Zealand
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61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Firstly this modern museum is staffed by volunteers who are helpful and knowledgeable. The wealth of local information contained in what is a relatively small building is quite amazing. The story of the Catlins is told in detail and in an interesting manner. If you are in the area this is a must.

Thank leondegraff
Cromwell, New Zealand
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63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We spent quite some time in here. We watched the mini movies which were very well done. The lady who works here was also very helpful and gave great information.

Thank JKLM2
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Very helpful with information and we made a note to return to the museum sometime too. The provided maps, info on eating and how to get to places.

Thank Elizabeth R
Paphos District, Cyprus
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The staff in the office spent a great deal of time with us pointing out the best sights and walks that would suit us. Unfortunately we had no time left to visit the Museum

Thank Michael H
Owaka, New Zealand
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The museum has a wealth of information well set out. Information center could answer all the question we had.

Thank 79robynb

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