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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Interesting NZ history lesson.

Interesting place to visit. Heard good things and told it was worth a visit. Thought the entry... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2016
Peter S
via mobile
Educational and entertaining

I learned a lot from my visit to the Tawhiti Museum. The story of Maori resistance to European... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2016
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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 29 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting place to visit. Heard good things and told it was worth a visit. Thought the entry price though at $15 PP was on the expensive side for such a small museum. Two museums are in the same complex. This costs another $15 PP to...More

1  Thank Peter S
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I learned a lot from my visit to the Tawhiti Museum. The story of Maori resistance to European incursion was displayed well. The diorarmas were exceptional. The life sized figures looked so real it took me a while to realise there was one placed at...More

Thank Rarebreaks
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Could have stayed all day, the displays are well arranged, models done well, history great. The cafe was welcoming. All in all great time

Thank Vicki B
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Absolutely fascinating. Anyone of any age will enjoy this place. Heaps of excellent static displays, equipment, machinery, local Maori history with unbelievable dioramas and lifelike models. The boatride through history is a memorable experience. Quirky kiwi humour at it's best throughout

Thank gorgle
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Have visited many times - it's always riveting, informative and so enjoyable. The dioramas seem to have captured a split-second of action - the figures look as though they will go on moving if you blink, and the detail is wonderful. It brings the history...More

Thank jennysquib
Reviewed 11 November 2016

This museum definitely is brilliant. The diorama, the real size figures, the collections, the scenes, the displays, the histories, just awesome. As the ticket staff said when we asked how long the trip of the museum could be. He answered wisely, it could be 30...More

Thank santo t
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Not entirely sure how Peter Jackson got his knighthood and the creator of this museum got passed over! Average expectations but were astonished at the size of this beautifully-kept museum complex/cafe/shop. Two museums, both modestly priced; other things free. You'll need more than an hour....More

Thank HelenJG786
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We were directed here by the motel owner in Whanganui and we were not disappointed. What an amazing piece of history has been created here and the collection of old agricultural machinery is mind-blowing. Well worth a stop off. Thankfully we got in just before...More

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful display of Taranaki history, in miniature and life-size figures. The amazing thing about it that it has been built up over thirty years by just one man, Nigel Ogles. For each tiny figure, be it man, woman, dog, bullock or machine, he...More

1  Thank Geoff P
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We spent over 2 hours and just touched the surface - for $15 it was magnificent value and we could have spent another couple of hours and still not seen all there is.

1  Thank 2kiwis_11
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