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 11am to 3pm.
The museum is available for pre-arranged group visits - plan these visits with the Group Visit Coordinator.
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
For postal items: Awarua Communications Museum, PO Box 722, Invercargill 9840
Our GPS navigation address: 1276 Bluff Highway, Invercargill
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.