This 47km, grade 3 mountain biking track climbs through Longwood Forest to the very top of Bald Hill - one of the best lookout points in Southland.
The museum is located in Otautau, a mainly agricultural district about 50km north-west of Invercargill.
We are a small museum nestled in the historic courthouse on Otautau's main road, with changing exhibits. Also available is our new Research Room with Archives and Family History. Our collections consist of historical photographs, archival material, and other interesting objects related to Otautau and Districts. Most exhibits are free, with our displays covering development from a social and physical perspective of the town and its surrounds. Occasional community based or loaned private collections are held for special interest events or fundraising exhibits, which usually cost a small donation to attend.
We are a volunteer only museum, and are usually open most Sundays from 2-4pm.
For 2020 - as we are undertaking important Conservation Work on our Collections, we will be closed for our usual Sunday afternoon openings during the month, not just over winter, but from 3 March until a later date TBC. Also, the Collection Manager & Archivist is usually there on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm, but please do phone ahead to make sure they are available then. On the 1st Sunday of every month, we have "Family History Research" day, where our resident genealogist and historian can help you. This part of our service remains open for 2020, the Family History day is not affected by our closing the Sunday openings, which is in effect from 3 March 2020.
Visitors are welcome to view displays on other days by request, if someone is available to open for you, but to view the Collections, Family History or Archives, you will need to make an appointment with the Collections Manager/Archivist first. Please see the contact details for how to do this, thank you.
- Culture & Heritage
- Less than half day
- Family Friendly