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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
Scotland in Waipu

This is one of the best little museums I have ever been in. For a small town, the Waipu Museum is... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
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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

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

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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.

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.

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

Thank boatie_girl
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

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.

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

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

Thank kzjb
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Very interesting..great for kids (and adults) to see the way people lived in the olden days. Really enjoyed seeing how the locals got together to sort out the blocked up estuary.

Thank GrannyPen
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