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The Owaka Museum is a great place to introduce your students to The Catlins. If you are school based in this area or visiting the Tautuku Outdoor Adventure Centre or Kuramea Lodge (formerly the Pounawea Convention Centre) why not explore what we have to offer. By participating in our museum based programme we can help make your class camp an effective and enjoyable learning experience.

Our exhibitions are related to the heritage of The Catlins and include Maori settlement, early pioneers, shipwrecks, sawmilling, the coming of the railway, local businesses, and military involvement in World War I and II and feature objects, oral histories, and photographs accompanied by various audio visual displays.

Programmes are activity based and a rich resource for discovering what life used to be like in The Catlins. Options are flexible and readily adaptable to your specific learning objectives. Join us on a fact finding mission about the heritage of the area and/or talk to us in advance about your ideas and requirements so that our activities can be aligned with or used to support the New Zealand curriculum.

To book, please click the form button below, fill and submit it. The Catlins is not too far from you.

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  • Duration: 60 mins but times negotiable according to needs.
  • What to bring: pencils, sharpeners, erasers and an inquiring mind.
  • Costs: $3 per child. There is no charge for teachers and accompanying adults supervising the group.
  • Bookings: It is advisable to book your visit 2-3 months in advance.
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