The Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre is a high quality regional museum and information centre that is part visitor attraction, part information provider, and part collector and conservator of local heritage items.

Are you related to Johnny Jones or other notable local forebears? Do you have a family connection with Waikouaiti and want to find out more? The Waikouaiti Heritage Centre offers a personalised genealogy research service.

Our genealogy service is in hot demand with people keen to find out about their forbear’s connection to the area.

The Heritage Centre is currently undergoing a major redevelopment project to erect a purpose-built exhibition centre at the rear of its Main Road site.


AGM 2019
The AGM for 2019 will be held on Saturday 28 September,
11 am in the new museum building.
All welcome.


 Tables are selling fast, be in quick if you don't want to miss out. Items for the auction are still being accepted, contact Shirley 027 603 0541


Opening hours:

Admission $5 per adult


Winter hours from 1 June - 31 August, open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.30 am – 2.30 pm (Closed Monday - Thursday)

Summer hours from 1 September - 31 May, Wednesday & Thursday 2pm - 4pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

 Firewood Fundraiser

Get ready now for the 2019 winter!

Mixed species Eucalypt (not Blue gum) @ $95.00 m3
Old Man Pine $80.00 m3
Seasoned Macrocarpa $95.00 m3
(Pickup is cheaper by arrangement only – please ask)
The prices shown above are for per tossed metre.
Minimum 3m delivery
Payment Methods -
We are not part of the “firewood cash economy”
Direct Deposit, Cheque or Cash (Invoice/receipt always given)
Phone 027 262 8137 for more information.

Proceeds to the Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre Redevelopment Project.

Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre
Corner Main Road and Kildare Street
P O Box 49
Waikouaiti 9541
New Zealand