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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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History Recreated

Tourists and locals who want to know more about the history of Taranaki will love this incredible... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Diane B
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New Plymouth
Amazing Tawhiti Musem

Took our Grandson here during the holidays! Spent 4 hours here! Amazing place full of local history... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
JB-Wine-Guy
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Taranaki Region, 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.
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“nigel ogle” (24 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 11 October 2017

Tourists and locals who want to know more about the history of Taranaki will love this incredible museum. It's a labour of love created by a local man over many years, depicting scenes of war history, life like models of early settlers, who look so...More

Thank Diane B
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Took our Grandson here during the holidays! Spent 4 hours here! Amazing place full of local history and incredibly detailed dioramas - the boat ride was fun too! Huge credit to the guys that put this together.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this museum. We initially thought it was a little bit expensive when compared to other museums but we soon changed our minds. The experience far outweighs the cost and given the extent of what is in the museum it...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Wow just visited this amazing museum and was completely stunned at how well this attraction has been done! The attention to detail for all the displays is amazing and although my husband and I have no particular interest in farm machines and tools we could...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We shall be going back next Sunday for a repeat visit as we did not leave ourselves enough time to see everything. The travel is well worth the effort. We would recommend setting aside at least three hours to spend there to see and enjoy....More

Thank Julie M
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

Wow, so much effort has gone into this museum which is just a short drive out of Hawera. And it was well worth the drive. We spent an easy 2 hours viewing and learning about the exhibits of Taranaki history. Very cleverly done to a...More

Thank Jane A
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

Great displays. from tiny figures of soldiers to real sized people. Informative reading as well as all that is in each display. Cost is $15 for the main museum, $6 for the train ride which is a slow amble about 500 metres up the bush...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

This museum is amazing. The details are incredible, every visit there is a new attraction. Well worth the visit.

Thank DebGreg5
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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Heard lots about this place and finally to time out to visit. Absolutely amazing! The amount of work involved in making the models, finding all the items included in the museum and setting it all up. One of the best collections I have seen for...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

This is a must see museum. Absolutely fantastic. We did the Traders and Whalers which included an amazing trip in a boat featuring the Taranaki Maori Wars. The collection of farm machinery and tools is something to see if you are into anything old.

Thank steadieNZ
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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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