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Great Museum, Even for kids

We went to this museum as part of my kids home schooling curriculum. they got a few interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hudson's Hope, Canada
Great museum, covering a lot of Mangawhai history

Covered so much history of the past 170 years it really is a special visit. Well chosen, maintained... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Steve L
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this museum as part of my kids home schooling curriculum. they got a few interesting facts as an assignment. They loved it. The part that stood out the most was in the middle of the museum there was an outhouse beside a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Covered so much history of the past 170 years it really is a special visit. Well chosen, maintained and displayed items which connect the visitor firmly with the area. Special stories of local families bring the settlers very much to life. Both the gift shop...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Steve L
Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is one of the best little museums I have ever been in. For a small town, the Waipu Museum is really great. It covers the early history of the town and the impact the Reverant McLoed and the Scots had on the area. This...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

I took a group of seniors for a visit. They loved this museum and thought it was one of the best we've visited.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Freklejuice
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Tells the story of the Mangawhai area very well. Has historical and current content. It doesn't take long to walk through but you will leave with a great understanding of the area.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank TravelFoodLive
Reviewed 25 February 2018

This is an excellent museum and was a perfect place to while away a VERY wet afternoon! Heaps of information about the history of the local area from early Maori settlement, through the busy trading period for kauri logs, and the shipbuilding era (who knew!)....More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Miss 8 and I cycled up from the village and called in here for a pit stop. Service was quick on a quiet Sunday morning. We ordered a cold drink, a nice coffee and a yummy home made carrot cake. We sat outside and enjoyed...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Davieland
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Just a convenient coffee stop in the Museum building. The Museum features local history and has a good shop with lists of local artefacts.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank DavidRRyan
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Great little museum, gift shop, replica village under construction and a cafe with great china and excellent sandwiches- as my mum (and she’s approaching 90) said “proper ones”. Cafe nice and bright very clean and tidy and run by two older ladies who know how...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank BOBCATNZ1960
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Very enjoyable glimpse into the local history of Mangawhai. I suggest that you don't rush this visit. Take the time to read the many pieces of information throughout the museum. Also take a seat and watch the small documentary about the 'Big Dig' . A...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank kzjb
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