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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Wonderfull/no other like it

Visited this Labour weekend and what a transformation from 10yrs ago. It was fantastic then but now... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2016
Hawera, New Zealand
Walk into local history

The numerous displays in several buildings transport you to this region's past. Life-sized figures... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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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 28 October 2016

Visited this Labour weekend and what a transformation from 10yrs ago. It was fantastic then but now WOW. Hawera, Sth Taranaki would have one of the best family attractions in NZ. Spent 3hrs there + didn't see everything.Open a door."get a fright" hilairious..Maori wars (miniature)...More

1  Thank Alicat44
Reviewed 24 October 2016

The numerous displays in several buildings transport you to this region's past. Life-sized figures in realistic scenes with artifacts and detailed miniatures give visitors a vivid experience of life generations ago. The artifacts are engaging in their own right and also tell a story. If...More

1  Thank ebinde
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We visited here on a Monday following a recommendation from the staff member at the Hawera I-Site. It was well worthwhile. We spent a couple of hours exploring. We especially enjoyed the boat trip, learning about local history, the Robin Morrison house and also the...More

1  Thank serpentine2014
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

A visit to Tawhiti Museum never disappoints. The models that Nigel Ogle has made are just incredible. So much to learn of NZ history, which is made so interesting. Totally recommend a visit Never been to anything else in the county that compares

Thank Adriana W
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Tawhiti Museum has been consistently rated as one of the best private museums in NZ and has won numerous tourism awards - and its not hard to see why. This is no ordinary museum, its both a fascinating journey and a history lesson told through...More

1  Thank CraigS1960
Reviewed 17 September 2016

All of the above! A MUST see! We took at least 2 hours to wander through, totally soaking up every detail, we took a few photos, the attention to detail is totally amazing. We got to chat to the creator for about an hour too,...More

Thank MisterAndLady
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is one of the real finds when touring Taranaki. The layout and attention to detail is superb. Its just amazing what people with passion and vision can produce. Its all about the area and another fine attraction in regional NZ. Its not only the...More

Thank Reg78
Reviewed 25 August 2016

You would be hard pressed to find a better private museum anywhere. The attention to detail in many exhibits is simply mind blowing. The Traders & Whalers experience in particular should not be missed, it's world class. (Credit should also go to the South Taranaki...More

Thank Craig S
Reviewed 22 August 2016

My husband, who loves machinery of all types was completely blown away by the collection. We visited the museum on the recommendation of our motel hosts and are very pleased we did.

Thank Catherine A
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Absolutely awesome. stunning models and full of good information. We spent over 3 hours there, however due to bad weather, we never got to do the rail ride.

1  Thank Patty M
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