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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Quite interesting

We went to this museum and were quite surprised on how much information there was to take in once... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Burntisland, United Kingdom
In the country what a surprise

We are not big museum goers but having been recommended this museum by several people we traced our... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Auckland, 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 yesterday

We went to this museum and were quite surprised on how much information there was to take in once you’re in there the exhibits are really well laid out with a real interesting facts and information on the first meeting between the British and the...More

Thank stevie5161
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are not big museum goers but having been recommended this museum by several people we traced our steps for a visit. It is set in the country with nothing around it. I would allow about two hours for the museum and half to one...More

Thank 2012kim
Reviewed 5 days ago

Only through a friend I heard about this museum and I am so glad that we visited this amazing museum! Unbelievable job Nigel did. Every bit of what he has made and done there is worth seeing. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours...More

Thank Ellen B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Make sure you allow at least a couple of hours to explore this beautifully set out museum as there is so much to see, read and discover. A very enthusiastic and talented man. The boat ride is exciting. The train runs on Sundays. The cafe...More

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing place - something hidden in Hawera for the whole family There is the Museum and then the Whalers Ride as well as the Tractors Definitely worth going to as the museum’s detailed working models and graphic historic displays are worth the visit...More

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While what we did see was interesting and very well done it was rather expensive. We can not understand why each part is charged out individually. I would have thought having a reasonable price to cover all parts would make it more cost effective for...More

Thank Morag M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not for everyone, but the collection is truly astounding. The owner meticulously created numerous dioramas of pioneer life in New Zealand and filled the rest of the museum with an unbelievable array of farming equipment. It's a lot more interesting than that sounds, but it...More

Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have travelled to the Northern Hemisphere 4 times and done our share of attraction visits. This wonderful attraction would rate with the best. The museum’s detailed working models and graphic historic displays are worth the visit just on their own, but wait there’s more....More

Thank FunOffroadadventures
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful treasure and record of Maori and early colonial life in Taranaki. The presentation was superb. The models spectacular and the stories fascinating. The on-site cafe, themed with "The Wind in the Willows" was a nice break between displays. The Traders & Whalers...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Leave at least 3 to 4 hours to have a really good look around. Make sure you do the Whalers and Traders ride too. So much interesting Taranaki history presented in an interesting way - brought to life! Stop in Mr Badgers to share a...More

Thank NakiToni
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28 September 2017|
Response from Kiwialan | Reviewed this property |
Check their website, as they close during the winter apart from the weekends, should be open now I would suggest for the holidays