Formed when the roof of a large subterranean cave was eroded by the sea, compressed waves explode out of the blowhole in an impressive display.
Come relax and enjoy our exciting new state-of-the-art facility in Owaka that boasts a museum, a gift shop, a community gallery, a library and an information centre.
Developed to preserve and to exhibit the heritage of the beautiful Catlins region, our museum is the flagship of the Catlins Historical Society. As well as offering interesting insight into the impact of the sea upon the local community, it explores a number of other themes associated with the settlement of the area and in so doing offers a window to The Catlins that is greatly appreciated by visitors.
The building, designed by Philip Gilchrist, is itself a sculptural form with a mast-like “marker” and a porthole set into the main door that recall the maritime history of the area. This connection with the sea is also echoed in the sculpture designed by Russell Beck and installed outside the museum as part of Owaka’s 150th anniversary celebrations in January 2015.
Our museum is open every day except Christmas Day and is staffed by a Director and a number of amazing volunteers.
- Culture & Heritage
- Information Centre
- Family Friendly