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Your contact at Te Hikoi Southern Journey: Carole Power - Manager
Contact number: +64 03 234 8260
Additional contact details: www.facebook.com/tehikoi

Address: 172 Palmerston Street,

Postal address: 172 Palmerston Street,
Riverton 9822

Directions: Te Hikoi Southern Journey is located on the Southern Scenic Route, just 25 minutes west of Invercargill or 2 hours from Manapouri/Te Anau

Website: www.tehikoi.co.nz

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Te Hikoi Southern Journey

One of Riverton's gems would most likely be the restored Victorian Courthouse, which is now part of Te Hikoi Southern Journey, home to one of New Zealand's finest local history collections.

Tells the story of the rugged South Coast of New Zealand. Your time travel voyage begins on the deck of a wooden ship, with a movie screen unfurling from amongst the rolled-up sails. After your senses have been immersed in the natural splendour of the coast and its re-created history, experience intimate encounters with its most interesting characters and highlights. Enjoy the collection of early local Maori artefacts, whaling memorabilia and Chinese relics from the gold mines of Round Hill. This fantastic journey will live with you forever.

Art Gallery
This area within the Museum displays artwork representative of the Riverton area as well as showcasing various themed Exhibitions through the year. The Gallery is also used by Guest speakers sharing their knowledge and expertise on our Local and National history. You are always welcome to attend these interesting and insightful talks.

Discovery Depot
A wonderful interactive science area for kids of all ages. The aim of this room is to get kids interested in science. Explore the drawers full with rocks, fossils and stones or look at them under the microscope. You'll be fascinated by the display of live weta and there is plenty more to see!

Visitor Information Centre
Our friendly Staff and Volunteers are happy to assist you with all of your enquiries whether it be about the Catlins, Fiordland, Stewart Island or many other destinations in beautiful Southland. They will even book your trips and accommodation.

Souvenir Shop
There is a wide array of local history books, DVD's, gifts and souvenirs reflecting the flavours of our town and surrounding area.

Riverton Heritage Society
Researchers have a wealth of information and tools to find answers to questions about your whakapapa or family tree.

Open 7 days
10 am - 5 pm (Winter Hours 10 am - 4 pm)
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Admission charges to Museum and Exhibitions apply.

Trip Advisor Reviews

“A great museum in a lovely town”
4 September 2014
One of the highlights of my first trip to Southland, this museum is deceptive - it's like the Tardis, much bigger on the inside. The introductory (15 minute) film (in a small cinema done up like an old sailing ship) tells just a small sample of the stories in the museum. There are other DVDs playing throughout the museum and, on my first visit, my "quick look round" became a whole afternoon. I guess you could get a good idea of what is there in an hour or so, but I like to watch and read everything, so I had to come back another day to finish. The small "War" gallery has two DVDs, one of which features local people and their stories, very moving at times, as are the displays. The retail area had such a good range of books that I spent quite some time looking round there too. The sign said it was "The best Museum in New Zealand" and, along with many of the visitors who left comments in the visitors' book, I have to agree. It is particularly impressive being in such a small town and being so very well done. Admission was $6, more than most small-town museums, but worth every cent. Since my first visit, I've been back many times as the art gallery is used for temporary exhibitions, so there is always something new to see (as well as things I missed before).

“Southland stories brought to life”
1 October 2014
The museum tells many of the stories of Southland using dioramas, videos and photographs. The initial video was an effective way of introducing some of the museum displays.

“Lovely Place”
3 October 2014
Found this whole experience very pleasant. Lovely atmosphere with informative exhibits, beautiful views and clean amenities.



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