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Museum & boat ride

Wonderful place to visit, highly recommend to anyone travelling through this area with a good... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Janis W
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balclutha
Must see !

If ever you are in the New Plymouth area of New Zealand, the Tawhiti Museum is a fascinating... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
hcheetham
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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...more
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401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
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+64 6-278 6837
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All reviews boat ride nigel ogle farm machinery life size cafe on site new zealand attention to detail history lesson talented man local history nz history an amazing experience early settlers allow plenty of time two hours well worth the trip entry fee
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful place to visit, highly recommend to anyone travelling through this area with a good couple of hours to spare. Fantastic displays and the boat ride is extremely well done

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Janis W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really good place with lots and lots to see and experience, well worth the time and allow 3 to 5 hours. Something here for everyone and all ages too. You could spend all day exploring and looking if you did everything and viewed everything. Well...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If ever you are in the New Plymouth area of New Zealand, the Tawhiti Museum is a fascinating experience. The life size castings and exhibits showing New Zealand's heritage are superb and accurately show what life was like in by-gone time, showing many different disciplines.....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hcheetham
Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is a world class place and a visit to it should be a must do for anyone visiting Taranaki. Fantastic displays and a very interesting painstakingly prepared depistion of N.Z.'s past.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EricR3955
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A unique and somewhat odd place but hugely enjoyable. I would rate the museum more highly than the whalers and traders ride, which is like a low key Disney boat ride and only lasts for 5 or 10 mins but it is worth doing both...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was excellent. Touches of humour in some displays (man on toilet), but very thought provoking content in others, (land war dioramas). A great record of local history presented in an easy to understand way. Something for everyone, young and not so young.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank travelgems2003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nigel Ogle is to be congratulated for applying his gift for modelling with tenacity, attention to detail and a sense of humour. This museum with life size models and tiny dioramas is unique. The farm machinery display adds another dimension to the visit. Staff are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JulieT315
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Told this was great and it still exceeded expectations. Just wish we had more time to see the Whalers and Traders exhibition too. Talked about real people and their lives which was much more interesting that how people lived 'generally'. It's hard to explain as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tania_Howard
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well and truely exceeded our expectations - our 2 children (6 & 4 year old) loved it. So much to look at and the boat trip was fabulous!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cmc223
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this museum on the way home from New Plymouth, on the advice of locals. Our only disappointment was our time constriction due to our being en route. This museum is extraordinary and not to be missed. The models are amazing and the entire...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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mmcisaac2017
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Check their website, as they close during the winter apart from the weekends, should be open now I would suggest for the holidays
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