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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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A Museum Unlike any Other

Tawhiti Museum is an experience unlike any other I've had. The museum has both life-size, life-like... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Joy H
Don't miss this one!

Fun for all the family. An atmospheric boat ride. A 'bush railway' runs around the complex on the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Anne D
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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 4 days ago

Tawhiti Museum is an experience unlike any other I've had. The museum has both life-size, life-like models throughout the museum among the exhibits as well as miniature models in scenes (to scale) depicting New Zealand history. The Traders & Whalers section (a separate part of...More

Thank Joy H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fun for all the family. An atmospheric boat ride. A 'bush railway' runs around the complex on the first Sunday of each month, Sundays during school holidays and most public holidays, weather permitting. Old buildings. A huge collection of old farm implements, hedge cutters, tractors,...More

Thank Anne D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely brilliant museum - very well put together to give an amazing experience. The train and boat rides are great!

Thank HaydenBaylis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were impressed by the detail of the figures and the way the displays were shown in dioramas so they showed the context of it all. There were large life-size displays and small ones too. The scenes of the Land Wars were very impressive with...More

Thank CMB425032
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Tourists and locals who want to know more about the history of Taranaki will love this incredible museum. It's a labour of love created by a local man over many years, depicting scenes of war history, life like models of early settlers, who look so...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Took our Grandson here during the holidays! Spent 4 hours here! Amazing place full of local history and incredibly detailed dioramas - the boat ride was fun too! Huge credit to the guys that put this together.

Thank JB-Wine-Guy
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this museum. We initially thought it was a little bit expensive when compared to other museums but we soon changed our minds. The experience far outweighs the cost and given the extent of what is in the museum it...More

Thank Orangetablet
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Wow just visited this amazing museum and was completely stunned at how well this attraction has been done! The attention to detail for all the displays is amazing and although my husband and I have no particular interest in farm machines and tools we could...More

Thank shadyladynz
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We shall be going back next Sunday for a repeat visit as we did not leave ourselves enough time to see everything. The travel is well worth the effort. We would recommend setting aside at least three hours to spend there to see and enjoy....More

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 13 June 2017

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
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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