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 for public visits on Sunday afternoons

Open hours are between 1PM - 4 PM.

*Please note* To ensure the safety of both visitors and staff, the Museum Committee has adopted a Vaccine Pass policy. Please have your pass ready when you visit. This policy will be reviewed as required.

We look forward to greeting you and sharing our passion for communications heritage.


The theatre and museum are 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 general contact and historical items: email: info (at) awaruamuseum.co.nz

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

Our physical 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, just over 11km from the corner of Dee and Tay streets (Troopers Memorial round-about) in Invercargill. When the museum is open for visitors, there are signs positioned 200m either side of our entrance. You can also 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. Please don't go over the cattle-stop - there is a stop sign at the cattle stop, past this point is a private property.

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.