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 open to the public on Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM.

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

We will also open to support special events in the region. Check our Facebook site and the News section for updates on special-event intentions and opening hours.

Our contact details

Facebook: View and discuss our regular activities on our Facebook site

For group visits: Group Visit Coordinator: Brendon Sparks   0274 237 465
(Please do not use email for group visit requests)

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

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

For postal items: Awarua Communications Museum, PO Box 722, Invercargill 9840

Our GPS navigation address: 1276 Bluff Highway, Invercargill

Our Rates

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

Group Visits (Picture Palace and Museum Display)
Single group payment based on $12 per adult and $8 per school-aged child


Please bring cash as we do not have an EFTPOS facility.

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.  Look for the 'Open' flag at the main road gate and for the museum signs on the roadside bus shelter, inside the main road gate and on our building. 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 Invercargill-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.