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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Amazing Museum

This time went on the Traders and Whalers experience and it is a must do. The models as well as the... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2017
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
You must see this place

You will be blown away the history the larger than life models are so realistic- it is a must see... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Hawera, 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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“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 20 January 2017

This time went on the Traders and Whalers experience and it is a must do. The models as well as the story behind is part of our history, that I had no idea about. I have now borrowed the book Captive Wife from our local...More

Thank MaureenF760
Reviewed 18 January 2017

You will be blown away the history the larger than life models are so realistic- it is a must see if you are visiting Hawera.

Thank cherylrowe2002
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We only did the Traders and Whalers part of the museum, which was about an hour, but was really great. The boat ride was excellent with great models and narrative. The staff were very friendly and helpful. After the boat ride, there was a hall...More

Thank NZRochelle
Reviewed 17 January 2017

The models that have been made by Nigel Ogle are outstanding with a lot of detail. Machinery area has a vast lot of old tractors including a steam driven tractor. The early settlers establishing the dairy industry. Well worth the visit

Thank Chris K
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Visiting from U.K. and taken to this amazing museum based on the history of the area. It is a private museum created by one person. It contains some of the best modelled scenes I have ever seen - all made by the one person. Unfortunately...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 16 January 2017

This place has so many hand crafted people, horses, etc with so much detail. great learning about the history of the Maori. We went on a boat ride around a village the had made with moving and talking characters. It is a really great place...More

Thank Sarah_Star19
Reviewed 10 January 2017

What a great place to visit! There was so much to look at and admire. We paid for the museum and boat trip which I thought were great value. The Tawhiti museum has so many life sized models, each telling a story and showcasing a...More

Thank Karen F
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We had decided to visit again and see the Traders & Whalers part of the Museum. We saw the main museum on our first visit but did not have time for T & W. Certainly worth the second visit - great effects and rocks by...More

Thank christopher1146
Reviewed 1 January 2017

This Museum is chock full of all sorts of different aspects of life and history in New Zealand. There are wonderful dioramas using lifesize to miniature models of people. These are remarkable for the emotions they also portray. From the crying baby on its mother's...More

Thank Irwi
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I have been to Tawhiti Museum on previous occasions but this time I took my adult son and his partner. We opted for the dual entry to both the museum and the Traders and Whalers boat ride. This worked out at $30 each but when...More

Thank T0ny_O1
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