Welcome to the Awarua Communications Museum

What we provide

The Museum provides an opportunity for exploring both the technology and history of New Zealand's communications from early telegraph and radio days through to the modern era.

A purpose-built 'picture palace' and its wide collection of heritage film provides both entertaining and educational material.

The museum's technology collection displays the evolution of the fascinating world of wired, radio and digital communications.

Our opening hours

The museum is available for pre-arranged group visits - arrange these visits with the Group Visit Coordinator.

The museum is open to the public on Sundays from 11am to 3pm.

We will also open to support other events, such as the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival and the Burt Munro Challenge. Check our News section for updates on special-event opening hours.

Our contact details

For group visits: Group Visit Coordinator: Brendon Sparks   0274 237 465

For school visits: Education Coordinator: Lloyd Esler:  esler (at) southnet.co.nz

For general contact and historical items: email: info (at) awaruamuseum.co.nz

Our Rates

Group Visits (Picture Palace and Museum Display)
Adults $12, Children $8

Museum Display Visits
Adults $6, School-aged children $3

By arrangement

Where we are

The Museum is located on the historic site of Awarua Radio Station at 1276 Bluff Highway, halfway between Invercargill and Bluff, on SH1.  A location map is at the foot of this page.

Your museum visit

The Awarua Communications Museum is one tenant of what is now Invercargill City Council property. All other buildings on the site are private residences and no longer have any Awarua Radio Station functions so please respect the privacy of the tenants. However, they are nice people and our friendly neighbours so please give them a wave as you start your exploration of communications heritage in Southland.

To find the Museum, exit the Bluff Highway (SH1) at the brick gateway, shown in the banner at the top of this page, and drive past the three heritage Bavarian-style cottages. The Museum is the next building on the right-hand side just before a cattle stop. Please do not drive further down the road because it is private property.