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Tawhiti Museum

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera 4614, New Zealand
+64 6-278 6837
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Wonderful, wonderful Museum!

Heard lots about this place and finally to time out to visit. Absolutely amazing! The amount of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Huntly, New Zealand
Amazing museum

This is a must see museum. Absolutely fantastic. We did the Traders and Whalers which included an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Zealand
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“boat ride” (47 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 yesterday

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

Thank Kiwialan
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were travelling with friends who recommended this visit and what an eye opener it is. I was amazed at the set up and the portrayed life in minute detail. We were there for over 2 hours then had lunch in the cafe. We nearly...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this museum to experience the Traders and Whalers Boat ride. It reminded us of a Disneyland ride 'pirates of the Caribbean' and told the story of the early trading between the NZ Maori and European settlers. Very well done and fully recommend you...More

Thank thompsonmc2016
Reviewed 17 April 2017

A great hidden gem that you should not pass. Fantastic collection with small train and boat ride. NZ history with extra. Toilets/Cafe/Souvenirs. With some hands on exhibits that kids love.

Thank rominkiwis
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Great exhibits which one could spend hours going through it. Full of history and interesting exhibits which were right up there with other international museums. Was pleasantly surprised by this little gem given its location.

Thank mwu014
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Great fun for our curious kids-a little on the kitschy side but fun and informative nonetheless-recommended

Thank putiputi123
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Called in at this out-of-the-way small country museum expecting to be round it in an hour and a half....still there 4 hours later. Absolutely stunning. On route from New Plymouth to Wellington, could have spent all day there. Excellent café too. Don't miss Joan Brock...More

Thank Bob A
Reviewed 5 April 2017

My wife and I had intended to visit for an hour but spent half a day. The models are so lifelike and there are so many stories told.

Thank cjb185
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This has to be one of the really inspiring tourist attractions build and developed by a husband and wife team. A visit to the Tawhiti Museum just outside Hawera Is a must. Everything from the lifestyle sized manaquins to the stunning miniatures, collection of fantastic...More

Thank Glenmac2014
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