Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum

Contact Details

Otaitai Bush, RD3, Riverton, Southland 9883, New Zealand.

021 377 997


Museum is 100% volunteer run by the Templeton Flax Milling Heritage Trust (a charitable community trust). For appointments or more information please contact Vaughan & Megan Templeton: phone: 021 377 997.

Visitor Information

Situated at Otaitai Beach just 3km from Riverton and 30km from Invercargill. Turn off Riverton-Wallacetown Highway onto Otaitai Bush Road, then Templeton Road. Look out for the sign, and then the big red corrugated iron shed.

The Flax Mill Museum is open for visitors to browse and view plant, interpretation panels and historic photos. Working demonstrations of flax fibre processing are available by appointment. Clubs, schools and bus tours are hosted by appointment. For bookings, see contact details above.

Admission by donation (hosted visitors $5.00 per adult; children free)


Guided tour



Wheelchair access

Other Facilities

Products: The Museum produces fibre and tow for sale to traditional harakeke fibre weavers, artists, crafts people and museums. At present, the scutched fibre price is $25.00 per kilogram and the tow price is $10.00 per kilogram, plus a small handling fee and courier freight. For flax fibre sales email: templeflax@gmail.com or search Trade Me (under crafts)


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