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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Fantastic experience

Great collection, very informative and interactive. The museum is a collection of wax figures as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
663kerryp
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Take your time

There are a few separate attractions here and while you’re here you may as well do the lot. A good... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2018
DaveDogNZ
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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  • Average1%
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“nigel ogle”(23 reviews)
“life size”(15 reviews)
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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...more
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401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
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+64 6-278 6837
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank 663kerryp
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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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Reviewed 7 February 2018

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

Thank Scottyquay
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

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

Thank monicat330
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mmcisaac2017
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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
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