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A Must see....

I have visited this museum many times - and each time I see things I missed the previous visit. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
A lifetime of work on display

A must see if you are in the area with many different things to see. Mr Ogle's lifetime of works... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New Plymouth, 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...more
401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this museum many times - and each time I see things I missed the previous visit. The way things are displayed is very life like and makes it more interesting. Plan at least 3 hours to look around.

Thank bob19472016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see if you are in the area with many different things to see. Mr Ogle's lifetime of works are on display and the attention to detail is incredible. Our young kids were kept occupied and enjoyed being able to use their own chair...More

Thank AuntyLe0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic Museum with emphasis on history of the area. The eye for detail is incredible. Plenty for the kids to look at and climb on. Even a few gasp moments when you least expect them. Boat ride is great, a little dark for the kids...More

Thank Parsonsar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Museum. One word for it is brilliant. A must see for anyone visiting in the area.

Thank Dollcee
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Visited on a cold day and was really impressed with the effort put in to this museum. Opted for the boat ride and it was awesome. Just us in the boat with the driver . Excellent commentary and loads to look at. Then went to...More

1  Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We took our 3 kids and their grandparents and a good time was had by all even in bad weather. The boat ride was something a little different while giving a good perspective of the land wars. The train ride was very cute and kids...More

Thank barneygirl33
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

This museum is a really cool way to learn about the history. Everything is really well done, and there is so much detail put into every single display

Thank Pernille U
Reviewed 29 May 2018

It was the reviews on Trip Advisor that persuaded us to drive to Tawhiti from New Plymouth while on holiday there. After lunch in town, we allowed only just over two hours (2.00pm to closing at 4.00pm); that was a mistake. Please allow as much...More

1  Thank Kiwi_rua
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Great collection, very informative and interactive. The museum is a collection of wax figures as well as artifacts, bringing Taranaki's past to life.

Thank 663kerryp
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

There are a few separate attractions here and while you’re here you may as well do the lot. A good way to spend up to half a day (depending on your pace) or longer.

Thank DaveDogNZ
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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