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.


The 2018 AGM of the Waikouaiti District Museum Society will be held on 25 August, 11 am in the Waikouaiti Events Centre. All welcome.
This meeting is to elect officers, hear a report from the president on the progress of the new museum building, and to ratify the altered constitution.


Opening hours:
From 1 June until 31 August we are operating on winter hours, 10.30am - 2.30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Summer hours resume 1 September, when are open Wednesday & Thursday 2pm - 4pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)


Upcoming Events          

See our list of upcoming events.

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Redevelopment Update

Learn about our redevelop-ment plans.

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Visiting Waikouaiti Coast

Find out what the Waikouati Coast has to offer visitors.

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Visiting the Heritage Centre

Everything you need to know to plan your visit.

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Latest News

This months  Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre POWA article


Researching Relatives

Trace your local ancestry with our genealogy research service.

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