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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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A real "Gem"

definitely recommend this place to everyone. Well worth the entry fee. This is a "gem" in the... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2013
LDSmember
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Auckland, New Zealand
Traders & Whalers and Tawhiti Museum

What an excellent tourist attraction this is. Situated in Hawera just off the SH3 it was well... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2013
Slowworms
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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” (54 reviews)
“nigel ogle” (24 reviews)
“life size” (16 reviews)
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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 March 2013

definitely recommend this place to everyone. Well worth the entry fee. This is a "gem" in the middle of no-where! You know you've arrived when you see all the camper vans & vehicles parked out on the road by the main entrance! lol. Probably need...More

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Reviewed 2 March 2013

What an excellent tourist attraction this is. Situated in Hawera just off the SH3 it was well signposted. The entrance fee €12 for each venue was well worth it. We spent approximately 3 hours here and my husband could have spent a couple more in...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2013

We have visited Tawhiti a few times and each time have found something new to marvel over. Nigel Ogle is a very talented man with a real passion for his hobby. This visit we went on the Traders and Whalers attraction as well as the...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2013

Quite out of the blue, we visited the Tawhiti Museum. This is a must both for New Zealanders and visitors from oveseas. It is a nostalgic trip into our past with lifelike dioramas and most interesting is the story of the Maori. Attached is 'Mr...More

Thank David W
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Reviewed 11 February 2013

And a "should do" even without children. This amazing museum has to be seen to be believed. One man's passion tells the story of New Zealand's beginnings, gives a comprehensive guide to how the early European settlers lived, and presents everything via a series of...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2013

I have been back about seven times, each time with different people. Always it impresses- not only the new displays but also the older ones because you see aspects you didn't see in earlier visits. It is just a pity it is not on the...More

Thank 538AlanR
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Hard to believe a private museum could be this extensive. The underground boat trip was very interesting and bigger than you'd expect. We didn't have time to visit the museum part itself.

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Reviewed 24 January 2013

This is a great museum and a must do, if you are in the area. Would definitely go again and would highly recommend a visit to tourists.

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Reviewed 18 January 2013

This has to be THE BEST way of learning about our history and what it was like for our previous generations

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Reviewed 9 January 2013

What a great attraction. Really informative and interesting. Could have spend hours and hours looking at the various displays. A day is not long enough. My sons were interested in all the models but not so much the informative bits so we sort of rushed...More

Thank Dec S
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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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