Tawhiti Museum, Hawera

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Visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in local history at Tawhiti Museum, featuring engaging displays of life-size models and figures depicting the area's past. The museum's scenes depict stories of farming, trains, shipping, and other colonial themes. Interactive exhibits let you discover technology through the ages and its impact on local life. Highlights include the Farmpower Wall and the Tawhiti Bush Railway, providing an engaging glimpse into history. The family-friendly attraction also boasts a cafe and museum shop. Using our world travel planner, Hawera attractions like Tawhiti Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Well this the biggest museum i have seen and would not hesitate to recommend it to all age groups also while there go to the traders and whalers show to and allow plenty of time to see all the display...  more »
  • Iv'e been wanting to visit this museum for a number of years after hearing about it and seeing a short piece about it on a documentary. It's the best museum that i have visited. There is a heck of a l...  more »
  • The amount of effort that has gone into creating the vast array of exhibits is unbelievable. Definitely worth the visit!  more »
  • This extraordinary "Museum " is Gem! To my delight it holds the "Holy Grail" for Ronald Hugh Morrieson exhibits and artifacts...to my knowledge, plus all the other well known delights. This includes the recently purchased and displayed complete bedroom of the literary genius of Hawera ! Thank you Nigel Ogle!
  • Love this place. One of, if not the best small museum in New Zealand. Amazing miniatures, dioramas, and historic collections. The ride is fantastic too. Great for the kids, good cafe too.
  • A rather small but unique museum. All of the models here were handmade by the owner. The museum alone will take about 30-40 mins to walk through. Highly recommended if you happen to pass by here.
  • Worth a visit they have some really interesting stuff there. A lot of history packed in. The small boat ride isn't worth an extra $15 at all we were disappointed with that and towards the end of the ride a person at the front of the boat got shot in the face with the cannon. Would go again if they reviewed admission prices.
  • Excellent museum. Train ride and whalers and traders boat ride also great!

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