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.