Rakiura Museum
Rakiura Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Rakiura Museum - Te Puka o Te Waka, Rakiura/Stewart Island, New Zealand. Our new building officially opened on the 1st December 2020. Situated in the township area of Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island, the stunning new Rakiura Museum houses an extensive collection of items and photographs of Stewart Island's early history, including Maori settlement; mutton birding; whaling; fishing; timber milling; mining; boat building; transport; schools and churches. As well as an outstanding tourist attraction the Museum carries out the important work of collecting, interpreting and preserving historic articles from Stewart Island’s past.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Edward F
    Asbury, New Jersey20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GREAT SOURCE OF STEWART ISLAND HISTORY
    We visited here o e rainy after noon . We did learn alot of local history. This is a brand new building and everything was well laid out and lots of history to look at an explore. Sit at the computer by front desk and flip through lots of old photos
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Jonathan K
    Inverness, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good value modern and well laid out
    Excellent modern museum with good layout and generally clear explanations, with a focus on the pakeha social and commercial history.(Not really a criticism because you can only display the materials available to you). We spent over 2 hours browsing and learning, and could’ve easily done twice that. The lady on reception was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful too. Overall a good value $10 worth.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
  • TanyaH1
    Auckland, New Zealand65 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a look.
    Great way to spend some time learning more about local area history. Covers some pre European Māori elements. Most is post European settlement. Lovely building and a good way to spend a couple of hours.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Lots of early history covering a lot of different subjects. All presented very professionally. Plenty of interactive things to do and the displays are really very good. Definitely worth a visit if in Stewart Island
Written 15 April 2024
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TanyaH1
Auckland, New Zealand65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great way to spend some time learning more about local area history. Covers some pre European Māori elements. Most is post European settlement. Lovely building and a good way to spend a couple of hours.
Written 26 January 2024
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Carl S
Sydney, Australia33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Interesting displays and artefacts, some unique hosts in the shop too. A decent mix of Maori and European local history.
Written 18 January 2024
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Jonathan K
Inverness, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Excellent modern museum with good layout and generally clear explanations, with a focus on the pakeha social and commercial history.(Not really a criticism because you can only display the materials available to you). We spent over 2 hours browsing and learning, and could’ve easily done twice that. The lady on reception was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful too. Overall a good value $10 worth.
Written 13 December 2023
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Edward F
Asbury, NJ20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visited here o e rainy after noon . We did learn alot of local history. This is a brand new building and everything was well laid out and lots of history to look at an explore. Sit at the computer by front desk and flip through lots of old photos
Written 22 September 2023
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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA2,958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I almost always like a museum. You’re here on the island so stop in. $10 admission is okay.
Good history of island but wanted Māori history. It coulda been more balanced between the Euro and Māori history and culture.
Nonetheless, yes, come to the museum
Written 20 April 2023
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RossPamC
Westport, New Zealand21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Wonderful new building with lotsa well displayed local history and informative videos. Great place to spend our last hour on Stewart Island before catching the ferry. Could’ve easily stayed longer. Staff helpful too with local knowledge questions.
Written 25 February 2023
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Jennifer O
Christchurch, New Zealand58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We spent over an hour at the museum and they gave us a return ticket for later in the day for free as we had other commitments. Make sure you watch the video at the back of museum and listen to some of the audio displays. Very good for a small museum, we enjoyed learning more about the history. Very nice clean toilets too.
Written 6 January 2023
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Richardjenny W
Auckland, New Zealand56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Enjoyed the museum on Stewart Island, providing excellent insights into the history and early life of those on Rakiura Islands. Well worth the time.
Written 5 January 2023
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Smita and Sachi... S
Wellington, New Zealand34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Lovingly set up with great aesthetic presentation and detailed information artefacts from the bygone era and early settlers, pioneers museum really.

Life on island in the early 19th Century and the current generations still following the family traditions was a lovely must see 5 mins movie.

Has an amazing Gift and Souvenir shop at best prices I have come across in NZ which is so proudly managed by the local community elders is adorable. Also as per our Bus tour around the Island, Bevan the bus driver said it was a Solid Community Effort which was a prime example of hard working average Kiwi’s can do attitude. Sadly though our Political Labour Party has the exact opposite approach & attitude … just contemplate, discuss, appoint committee’s & consultants highly paid, shout a lot of morning teas, lunches, print brochures and spend the 60% of the Project finance !

On the other hand this Museum is a total success with absolutely wonderful letters, diary notes, household items of everyday use to musical harmonium from the early days, even a wedding gown and lovely detailed information about many a things. Keep two hours at the least, if you are like me and like to read all the details. No photos allowed, rightly so and now have a desire to taste Mutton bird dish as the Island gets a lot of Titi or Mutton birds migrating from all the way Siberia to here for their breeding season. The short film had some cute videos that were a delight.

Rate it at 4 plus and was impressed by the building design and build. Trendy and very well designed.
Written 23 December 2022
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