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Address: 401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
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+64 6-278 6837
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Tawhiti MuseumWidely acclaimed as one of the most innovative museums in New...

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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An amazing museum

Not to be missed museum, not only for the displays but for the wonderful models in the dioramas such stunning details. Allow plenty of time to appreciate all that the museum has... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Worcester England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not to be missed museum, not only for the displays but for the wonderful models in the dioramas such stunning details. Allow plenty of time to appreciate all that the museum has to offer. You can pop in and out once your hand is stamped, enabling you visit Mr Badgers cafe!

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Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this place twice and it was closed. Well worth going to though, fascinating and very interesting about the surrounding area and history, great place for kids too.

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Te Aroha, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Now this is a museum not to be missed. It lived up to its reviews of "stunning". We spent all afternoon here and will certainly go back to see more of it. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are travelling around New Zealand you must put Tawhiti Museum on your visiting list. It is an amazing place to experience early New Zealand life, mostly rural activities but enhanced with multiple dioramas to capture your attention and hold you entranced as you visit the many many display rooms or take the train ride into the past or... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After driving by plenty of times I decided to stop & see what all the talk is about.. you could spend a full day here! Lots to see and read, great history & everything is in immaculate condition. A must visit if your in south Taranaki. Boat ride extra $15 only a couple of minutes but quite good. Heaps of... More 

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing figurines depicting scenes from New Zealand's history dating from Maori times to the influence of Europeans. Not knowing much about this country's history, we were able to read the facts and get an impression of how things were in the past. Other sections of the museum displayed the everyday life of folks who settled in the area. The Traders... More 

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit museum along with the Traders and Whalers museum next door. Awesome models of Taranaki life of yesteryear along with instruments of life back in the old days. After nearly an hour walking around the first part of the museum you can get a bite to eat in Mr Badgers cafe.

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Warrnambool, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here not knowing much about the history of the area and culture. We were totally amazing at the workman ship of the exhibits so much to see around each and every corner there was so to do.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is by far the best and most interesting of its kind in NZ. An absolute gem in south taranakis crown.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my daughter whos 6 and she loved it! The boat ride and all the models. Got to sit and have photos on many tractors. Good for tourists to see

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