Rākiura Museum - Te Puka o Te Waka

Local History Museum in Halfmoon Bay/Oban township, Stewart Island
Opening at 10:00 AM tomorrow
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6 months ago
Designer building. Style and drama to fit the location. .very new but encloses agood range of history of the island. Lovely start of stories of locals. Special place and people. Easy to find lots to interest everyone. Souvenirs very tasteful and informative. Got a great chart of birds and mammals of New Zealand.
- Josephine T
6 months ago
New location as of 1 December 2020. Brand new purpose built building.
- Eagle E
a year ago
Small but extremely well done well worth the small cover charge the office Lady was excellent to talk to and very informative she was worth the visit on its own
- bob b
Our new, purpose  built, modern, award-winning Museum opened 1 December 2020.  We are now located at 11 Main Road,  right in the heart of the Oban / Halfmoon Bay township. The Rakiura Museum which was originally opened 25 September 1960, houses an extensive collection of over 12,000 historic items and photographs of Stewart Island's history. Current displays showcase early Maori migration; the first mixed race settlements' at Codfish Island and The Neck;  mutton-birding;  whaling; fishing; timber milling;  tin mining;   boat building;  transport;  accommodation; tourism; schools and churches are all displayed. A popular and outstanding tourist attraction, the Museum continues with the aid of dedicated volunteers to carry out the important work of collecting, displaying, interpreting and preserving historic articles from Stewart Island's past.

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11 Main Road
Oban 9846
New Zealand

Business Hours

Mon:10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tue:10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Wed:10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thu:10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fri:10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sat:10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sun:10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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