Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre Wahi Kahuika - the Meeting Place – a rest on your journey.

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Welcome to our community museum in the picturesque Catlins. Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre under the one roof. This is a new, quality museum and information centre in the heart of Owaka. Plus we are the insider guide to The Catlins - a treasure house of information, with a gallery, a library and clean toilets with penguin images and bird sounds. Visitors love it!

My email is owakamuseum@outlook.com
Phone 03 4158 323.
Address 10 Campbell Street, Owaka

There is more to Owaka than meets the eye. Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre a must-stop-and –see destination on your voyage of discovery to the Catlins. The welcome mat is out, see it, feel it at the Owaka Museum.

Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika- the Meeting Place opened in October 2007 and is situated in the centre of Owaka - it is described by The Lonely Planet Guide as "an excellent new museum".

So what’s in there? Things that tell a story or ten + something that enlivens the past + that may not be seen again + that tells you just what you need to know + that gives you a better understanding + that answers your questions about the Catlins + that tells you why the Catlins are called the Catlins + that has movies and buttons you can push + that is warm and sheltered + that is a community initiative + that all ages enjoy + that is interesting no matter where you are from.
Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika the Meeting Place “a rest on your journey”.

When you journey to the south-east edge of Aotearoa / New Zealand, discover the Owaka Museum : Wahi Kahuika the Meeting Place – a rest on your journey.

This distinctive all- weather venue brings the outdoors inside and captures the essence of the Catlins.

The experience is like walking through a three dimensional story book on what made the Catlins how it is today.

You can take away from your journey a deeper sense of understanding of this small but significant dot on the map.

The Owaka Museum is grateful to the artists and copyright holders who have given permission for images to appear on this website. No content on this site may be reproduced, transmitted or copied without our permission except for the purposes of private study and research, criticism and review, or education consistent with the provisions of Sections 40 to 44 of the New Zealand Copyright Act, 1994.

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Contact Details

10 Campbell St, Owaka, The Catlins, 9535

03 - 415 8323


Museum Manager: Mike McPhee. Catlins Historical Society members. Community volunteers are rostered on to cover the weekends and public holidays

Visitor Information

10 Campbell St, Owaka, The Catlins, 9535

Open 7 days. Mon- Fri 9:30am-1pm; 1.30pm - 4:30pm Weekends: 10:00am - 4:00pm Open every day except Christmas Day and ANZAC Day morning, free entry ANZAC Day afternoon

Adults $7.00, Superannuitants $5, Children free (accompanied), School Groups $4, Tertiary Students $5, Bus Tours $5


Function space

Guided tour

Membership club


Public programmes

Reference library



Wheelchair access

Other Facilities

Catlins Information Centre and Owaka Library are in the same complex. Also a gallery and shop.
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