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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Great for curious kids

Great fun for our curious kids-a little on the kitschy side but fun and informative... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
Unique original outstanding country museum will amaze you!

Called in at this out-of-the-way small country museum expecting to be round it in an hour and a... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Bob A
London, United Kingdom
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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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“boat ride” (49 reviews)
“nigel ogle” (21 reviews)
“life size” (14 reviews)
401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Great fun for our curious kids-a little on the kitschy side but fun and informative nonetheless-recommended

Thank putiputi123
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Called in at this out-of-the-way small country museum expecting to be round it in an hour and a half....still there 4 hours later. Absolutely stunning. On route from New Plymouth to Wellington, could have spent all day there. Excellent café too. Don't miss Joan Brock...More

Thank Bob A
Reviewed 5 April 2017

My wife and I had intended to visit for an hour but spent half a day. The models are so lifelike and there are so many stories told.

Thank cjb185
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This has to be one of the really inspiring tourist attractions build and developed by a husband and wife team. A visit to the Tawhiti Museum just outside Hawera Is a must. Everything from the lifestyle sized manaquins to the stunning miniatures, collection of fantastic...More

Thank Glenmac2014
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great family Museum kids will love it especially the boat ride.They also have a very good cafe. There is no problem with parking.

Thank beverleyw996
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We travelled to the region just to revisit to the place. Amazing detail in the models that display atypical historical scenes from the Taranaki region, complimented with genuine machinery and items and authentic looking costumes and props from the period. There are also very detailed...More

Thank Paul L
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing and unique museum. You could easily spend a day here and still not see everything . The dioramas are amazing with such attention to detail. We worth visiting. We will be back.

Thank Clara N
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Lots of dedicated work has gone in to creating this museum, and most of it works beautifully. Life-size and miniatures.

Thank PeteLucy434
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We spent a whole day here and were still there half an hour after closing time ,so much to take in, such clever models. Although it had closed the attendant let us quickly finish our tour before kicking us out.Worth return visit.

Thank brendanorm
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This would be one of if not the best private museum in the country by far. It has the best model depiction of Maoridom that can ever be seen. Model work is just fabulous and lifelike. I have been time and time again and still...More

Thank Vinaki1
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