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Tawhiti Museum, Hawera
(4.7/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Tawhiti Museum a centerpiece of your Hawera vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Hawera holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Could have stayed all day, the displays are well arranged, models done well, history great. The cafe was welcoming. All in all great time 
  • 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 boatr...  more »
  • 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 bli...  more »
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  • The Museum is wonderful, so well designed and full of interesting things, especially the new Traders & Whalers boat trip. Quite expensive at $30pp (adult) to see everything, but unique, so worth it. Just don't visit the cafe - although the decor is charming the prices are outrageous! $10.50 for a coffee and muffin. Plenty of nice cafes in nearby Hawera.
  • It's a very interesting museum, however the prices are high considering the state of the buildings and the time it takes to go through the exhibit. You also have to pay the full price for each to visit both exhibits. It's nice that there's a museum not quite in a city, but it limits access if you haven't rented a car.
  • Great museum we have just started taking our groups here and had great feedback from our guests I have been many times myself and still really enjoy it always finding new things to see
  • Absolutely the best privately owned museum in NZ bar none. Worth a holiday in the 'naki for on its own. Lunch in Mr Badger's cafe is a must. Try to visit when the bush railway is running. Defines what a museum should be.
  • Impressive!