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Visited on a cold day and was really impressed with the effort put in to this museum. Opted for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah K
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Fantastic. Even on a wet day.

We took our 3 kids and their grandparents and a good time was had by all even in bad weather. The... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2018
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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 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

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

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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

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
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Usually it's pretty hard to get senior students enthusiastic about a museum...but that was totally different this time...Our group of 17 senior students reckons it was the best museum ever and they want to visit again!!

Thank Climber690035
Reviewed 27 February 2018

It is unbelievable that one man Nigel has built all this. Life size people are so realistic. So much stuff from yesteryear,. So educational. And it is huge. So many exhibits,. And many are both humourous as well as informative. It is a major tribute...More

Thank I4618GNrichard
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Three hour history lesson that vividly illustrated early European impact on NZ and Maori, the Maori wars and aftermath and life in NZ ‘s rural community during the early half of 20th century. The public toilets however should be “modern”, clean and fresh. And Badger’s...More

1  Thank Going_again07
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Well this the biggest museum i have seen and would not hesitate to recommend it to all age groups also while there go to the traders and whalers show to and allow plenty of time to see all the displays

Thank Debra W
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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