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Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum

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Address: 23 High Street, Waipawa 4210, New Zealand
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+64 6-857 7288
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Welcome to the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum. Take a step into the...

Welcome to the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum. Take a step into the everyday life of early settlers in Central Hawkes Bay. This area is rich in history, Waipawa being one of the oldest towns in New Zealand. The varied collections are displayed in an authentic way so visitors can imagine what life used to be like in colonial time of New Zealand.

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a bit of a country surprise

passed this by so many times and never stopped, but this time we did and it was well worth it. Heaps and heaps of things to go, "Oooh I remember that!" over. You sort of wonder... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

passed this by so many times and never stopped, but this time we did and it was well worth it. Heaps and heaps of things to go, "Oooh I remember that!" over. You sort of wonder how they get it all in. If you've a spare hour or two, stop off.

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Loved our visit. Fantastic Exhibits displayed lovingly and to a very high standard. Very clean and tidy. Great use of space. Easy to get around -very accessible. The generosity of the donors and volunteers is to be commended. We loved the story of the handmade doll in the outstanding "war" display. Very reasonable entry fee $5.00. Locals cheaper. Will need... More 

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CHBSettlersMuseum, Manager at Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you very much for your positive review about our museum. I am very sorry thought for your negative experience with our staff. I would like to apology for not getting the right assistance from the staff on duty. The museum staff is usually trying to be as helpful as possible. As you can see from our previous reviews,... More 

Waipukurau, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Well worth the stop, full of memorabilia of early NZ , give you a good idea of the struggles the early settlers experienced. Makes you appreciate what we have today. See the waka remnants in the big exhibition room too.

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Matamata
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Taken by locals to visit this lovely little museum. They have some really lovely displays and have amassed lots of retro stuff those of us born in the 50's and 60's remember. We had our 6 year old niece and they gave her a booklet of photos for her to find- also keeping her interested, on completion she was able... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Went in on our way to another location with only an hour to see the the exhibits. It was a wonderful display of several different exhibits. Every item was wonderfully explained and some allowed interaction. Would recommend this to anyone who is in the area

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Suva, Fiji
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

Very well presented museum with very interesting displays. Short term ANZAC exhibit better than the one at Napier Museum. We were in the area as we are descendants of an early family. The staff member on duty (I think maybe her name was Charlotte?) was extremely helpful. We stopped in on Friday and when we returned on Sunday she had... More 

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Waipukurau, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

A massive variety of items in the compact museum. Loads of history has been preserved in and around the museum. They have special days where activities are set up, so you can be hands on.

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United Kingdom
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40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

My husband and I visited the CBH Settlers a Museum whilst staying with relatives in Waipukerau. Our first visit was on a Saturday afternoon and we were so engrossed in the exhibits that before we knew it the museum was closing...and we hadn't seen half of it! That was remedied on the Monday morning and we made sure we were... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2015

Stopped in here because I had driven past many times and never stopped in, and I finally got curious enough to stop in. The entry price was very reasonable, and a nice way to spend a little time. It is truly fascinating walking through and seeing everything, and reading the bits of information on offer. It does give a good... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

Had the opportunity to stop and view the CHB Settlers Museum with my daughter yesterday, as CHB was our old stomping ground and I hadn't been to the museum since it was first opened. Wow it is well worth a visit! Well laid out and very interesting. Not musty, clean & airy, making good use of natural light. Highly recommend,... More 

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