Kurow Heritage & Information Centre

Dunedin & Otago

Local hero Richie McCaw rates a mention at this very sweet community-run museum, filled with lovingly preserved curios. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and can give excellent advice on local activities and routes. It's celebrating 50 years in operation in 2020.

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