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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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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 5 days ago
laurabH7914XK
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Cool way to learn about the history

This museum is a really cool way to learn about the history. Everything is really well done, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pernille U
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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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  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“boat ride” (55 reviews)
“nigel ogle” (24 reviews)
“life size” (16 reviews)
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401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
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+64 6-278 6837
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 laurabH7914XK
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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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

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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.

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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.

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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 P. S
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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
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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

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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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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Iv'e been wanting to visit this museum for a number of years after hearing about it and seeing a short piece about it on a documentary. It's the best museum that i have visited. There is a heck of a lot to see, i thought...More

Thank loyalaznz
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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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