Fodor's Expert Review Rakiura Museum
This charmingly eclectic and extensive collection telling the island's history includes Māori artifacts, ambergris, old schoolhouse memorabilia, tools from gold and tinning prospectors, even a china "moustache cup" (there's a story behind every item). Scattered amongst the exhibits here you'll find an extensive collection of shells and crustacea from around the island. Superb historical photos reveal past endeavors. However, it's only open from 10 to 3, albeit daily.