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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Well this the biggest museum i have seen and would not hesitate to recommend it to all age groups... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debra W
via mobile
Excellent museum, excellent museum, i'll say it again, excellent museum

Iv'e been wanting to visit this museum for a number of years after hearing about it and seeing a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Auckland, 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 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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  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

The amount of effort that has gone into creating the vast array of exhibits is unbelievable. Definitely worth the visit!

Thank Scottyquay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Museum section (NZ$15 per adult): an eclectic mixture of artifacts, machines and vehicles, life-sized and scale-model figures in detailed settings and stunning dioramas showing various aspects of local history, colonization, warfare, and industry. I particularly liked the 3-D representations of paintings done...More

Thank CeriChisholm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is off the charts. Allow at least two hours. Well worth the trip slightly off the beaten track.

Thank monicat330
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shame on the New Plymouth District Council, for not supporting or promoting this hidden gem. Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise and the attention to detail is simply stunning. You will need 3-4 hours to do it justice and the entry fee is only...More

Thank alan d
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this museum and were quite surprised on how much information there was to take in once you’re in there the exhibits are really well laid out with a real interesting facts and information on the first meeting between the British and the...More

Thank stevie5161
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are not big museum goers but having been recommended this museum by several people we traced our steps for a visit. It is set in the country with nothing around it. I would allow about two hours for the museum and half to one...More

Thank 2012kim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only through a friend I heard about this museum and I am so glad that we visited this amazing museum! Unbelievable job Nigel did. Every bit of what he has made and done there is worth seeing. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours...More

Thank Ellen B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you allow at least a couple of hours to explore this beautifully set out museum as there is so much to see, read and discover. A very enthusiastic and talented man. The boat ride is exciting. The train runs on Sundays. The cafe...More

Thank Chris T
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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