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Tawhiti Museum, Hawera

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#1 of 11 in Museums in Taranaki Region
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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. 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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  • Wow, so much effort has gone into this museum which is just a short drive out of Hawera. And it was well worth the drive. We spent an easy 2 hours viewing and learning about the exhibits of Taranaki h...  more »
  • Great displays. from tiny figures of soldiers to real sized people. Informative reading as well as all that is in each display. Cost is $15 for the main museum, $6 for the train ride which is a slow a...  more »
  • This museum is amazing. The details are incredible, every visit there is a new attraction. Well worth the visit.  more »
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  • A beautiful museum with a collection that details both the daily life of citizens of taranaki in the past and the overarching events that occurred. The figurines are beautifully crafted and illustrate historical events far better than simple words can. The staff are very friendly too and even pulled a book off the exhibit for me to see due to my interest! What a wonderful place!
  • Hawera has one of the best Museums I've ever been to. Nigel has really put his spirit into it. Has put Hawera on the map for sure. Would love to work here.
  • It's a great way to get absorbed in the local history. Miniatures by the thousands and hours upon hours of amazing things to see. Historical reconstructions of places, battles, and everyday scenes. Machinery from the last hundred and thirty odd years. A wonderful boat ride through an indoor man made river. It's really quite amazing.
  • After reading good reviews, I took my teenagers here wondering if they would be bored and moan about it, but no, they were totally enthralled and really enjoyed the experience. The models are great, and have such real charm and I loved the information. Not like a stuffy museum at all. Its a private made museum, and somehow you can feel the love. Really really good !!!!
  • Fantastic, spent a good couple of hours looking around (didn't do the train ride or traders extras). Was informative, interactive, and very interesting. So glad it was open when we were passing through on our way home from traveling the forgotten highway and viewing the light festival at Pukekura park in New Plymouth. Loved it :)