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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Has an excellent reputation so had to visit and wasn't disappointed

Wow, so much effort has gone into this museum which is just a short drive out of Hawera. And it was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jane A
A great place to explore

Great displays. from tiny figures of soldiers to real sized people. Informative reading as well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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Tawhiti MuseumWidely acclaimed as one of the most innovative museums in New Zealand, Tawhiti uses life size exhibits and scale models to capture the past in a series of super-realistic displays. All the displays – including the life size figures created from moulds cast from real people – are designed and built on the premises. Whether the subject is shipping, farming, railways, or just a small corner of a colonial kitchen, the attention given to research and detail is the same. “I hope my enthusiasm for local history comes through the displays. I’m particularly aware of drawing children into our exhibits – they mustn’t feel museums are old buildings, full of old dusty junk. Historical display should be exciting and relevant – I’m always looking for more creative ways of making it just that” Nigel Ogle.
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401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, so much effort has gone into this museum which is just a short drive out of Hawera. And it was well worth the drive. We spent an easy 2 hours viewing and learning about the exhibits of Taranaki history. Very cleverly done to a...More

Thank Jane A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great displays. from tiny figures of soldiers to real sized people. Informative reading as well as all that is in each display. Cost is $15 for the main museum, $6 for the train ride which is a slow amble about 500 metres up the bush...More

Thank white0nes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is amazing. The details are incredible, every visit there is a new attraction. Well worth the visit.

Thank DebGreg5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heard lots about this place and finally to time out to visit. Absolutely amazing! The amount of work involved in making the models, finding all the items included in the museum and setting it all up. One of the best collections I have seen for...More

Thank Kiwialan
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This is a must see museum. Absolutely fantastic. We did the Traders and Whalers which included an amazing trip in a boat featuring the Taranaki Maori Wars. The collection of farm machinery and tools is something to see if you are into anything old.

Thank steadieNZ
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We were travelling with friends who recommended this visit and what an eye opener it is. I was amazed at the set up and the portrayed life in minute detail. We were there for over 2 hours then had lunch in the cafe. We nearly...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We visited this museum to experience the Traders and Whalers Boat ride. It reminded us of a Disneyland ride 'pirates of the Caribbean' and told the story of the early trading between the NZ Maori and European settlers. Very well done and fully recommend you...More

Thank thompsonmc2016
Reviewed 16 April 2017

A great hidden gem that you should not pass. Fantastic collection with small train and boat ride. NZ history with extra. Toilets/Cafe/Souvenirs. With some hands on exhibits that kids love.

Thank rominkiwis
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Great exhibits which one could spend hours going through it. Full of history and interesting exhibits which were right up there with other international museums. Was pleasantly surprised by this little gem given its location.

Thank mwu014
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Great fun for our curious kids-a little on the kitschy side but fun and informative nonetheless-recommended

Thank putiputi123
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