Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum

Templeton Road, Otaitai Bush, Riverton

Take a step back in time! A great stopping place as part of the local Heritage Trail - the Templeton family owned and operated a Flax Mill on this very site.

New Zealand’s only authentic flax mill plant operating on its original 1940s site near Riverton, showcasing 1860s to 1970s flax processing technology

Annual Museum open days are held for visitors to view live demonstrations of fibre processing, usually held in March as part of Southland Heritage Month. Otherwise visitors are welcome by appointment, on the phone number below.

A short film aids in understanding the process required to transform flax to a valuable and usable commodity. Then guests are treated to a working demonstration of the Mill in action. A valuable outing and learning exercise for the whole family.

The museum is 100% volunteer run by the Templeton Flax Milling Heritage Trust (a charitable community trust). For appointments or more information please contact Vaughan & Megan Templeton: phone: 021 377 997.



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Last modified
Thu 21 Apr 2022
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