Waikawa New Zealand

Waikawa is a mall fishing village in the south west of the Catlins that you drive through to get to some attractions on the coast off the Southern Scenic Route. The village has a few houses, Waikawa Museum, and St Marys Anglican Church.

St Marys Anglican Church, Waikawa, Catlins, Southland, New Zealand
St Marys Anglican Church, Waikawa, Catlins, Southland, New Zealand

Waikawa Museum

The museum is also a visitor’s information centre for the area and hosts a Dolphin Information Centre to inform about Hector’s Dolphins that are in the nearby Porpoise Bay. Visiting the museum will give you an insight into history of seafaring and logging in the area as you pass through.

Waikawa museum was actually closed when I visited so I took a few photos around the outside where there are some interesting remnants of historical interest stored. See the images below.

Jail and Blacksmith Buildings at Waikawa Museum
Museum Jail and Blacksmith Buildings at Waikawa, New Zealand
Historic Machinery at the Museum
Historic Machinery at Waikawa Museum New Zealand
Historic Artefacts in Barn Behind the Museum
Historic Artefacts in Barn Behind Waikawa Museum New Zealand
Historic Artefacts in Barn Behind the Museum
Historic Artefacts in Barn Behind Waikawa Museum New Zealand
Jail and Blacksmith at Waikawa Museum
Waikawa Museum Jail and Blacksmith Buildings, Catlins, NZ

Attractions in Waikawa Area

  • Waikawa
    • Waikawa Museum
    • Dolphin Information Centre
    • St Marys Anglican Church
  • Curio Bay
    • Yellow-eyed Penguins
    • Petrified Forest
    • Fossils
  • Porpoise Bay
    • Hector's Dolphins
    • Yellow-eyed Penguins
    • New Zealand Sea Lions
    • New Zealand Fur Seals
  • Niagara Falls
  • Slope Point
  • Southernmost Point of the South Island
  • Southern Scenic Route
  • Southland Region
  • Catlins Conservation Park
  • Kaka Point
  • Florence Hill Lookout
  • Cannibal Bay
  • Cathedral Caves
  • McLean Falls

Directions

Drive the Southern Scenic Route SH92 from Balclutha to Invercargill, or in reverse, the village is signposted in the west of the Catlins.