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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Very good for those interested in New Zealand history

My parents had raved about this place so we had to see what all the fuss was about. Who would have... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2012
Wellington, New Zealand
Really informative

We went there as part of a family trip, and enjoyed every minute of it -- so much work has gone... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2012
New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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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 16 April 2012

My parents had raved about this place so we had to see what all the fuss was about. Who would have thought a small town like Hawera would have such a place? The museum ($10 adults, $3 children) has lots of interesting displays of "the...More

Thank CantonaForever
Reviewed 10 April 2012

We went there as part of a family trip, and enjoyed every minute of it -- so much work has gone into this, and there is something for all the family. We really loved the boat trip and the train ride. The cafe if excellent...More

Thank MichaelNewZealand
Reviewed 9 April 2012

This sweet museum is well worth the trip. Nigel Ogle has created a dazzling array of dioramas depicting the history of this area, including the two major conflicts during the 19th century. History comes alive here. His attention to detail is amazing. This is well...More

Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
Reviewed 29 March 2012

I'm not usually into 'diaramas' - I think that's what they are called - lots of little display cabinets with little modelled scenes? But this was something else - absolutely brilliant! Well worth a visit.

Thank 4happypensioners
Reviewed 28 March 2012

Recommended by friends that we allow a minimum of 2 hours - we should have allowed at least three. Words cannot do this place justice. It is amazing.

Thank sherylamartin
Reviewed 27 March 2012

Well worth a visit. I real treat hidden away and not well known.

Thank JATWellington
Reviewed 25 March 2012

This museum should not be missed we spent 3 hours walking around and every corner we turned was another fantastic display to see. The detail is amazing, the boys enjoyed the tractor display. Allow plenty of time.

Thank pkmathis
Reviewed 20 February 2012

A bit of history of the Taranaki area. $10.00 for the boat ride and $10.00 for the Museum.

Thank Sheree W
Reviewed 15 February 2012

I am not a museum lover, but after 4 visits, there is still so much to oo and aa about - hard to believe this is one mans creation. Weldone.

Thank Wanganuilover
Reviewed 8 February 2012

We arrived with an hour before closing with small children and told to spend it in the Traders & Whalers, we loved it! The going into the deep, dark cave entrance, seeing a 'ghost' and then a fantastic boat ride gave us a great insight...More

Thank Riversidezoe
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