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Tawhiti Museum, Hawera

(4.7/5 based on 240+ 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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  • This is my second time in Tawhiti Museum and return to say this is the best Museum that I have seen in my life, is very entertaining and different. Many museums may show something similar, but the fact that Tawhiti have life-size human figures using loa articles that are showing, gives life to the place and makes it very different and entertaining. There are also miniatures that tell a complete story, as for example the life of Kimble Bent soldier who deseró the militia and joined a Maori tribe. All these creations have been made by the hands of the artist Nigel Ogle to which one can meet there same and talk of his life and creations. Tawhiti Museum is filled with impressive details. All this makes that this museum is wonderful. The first time I was at Tawhiti Museum was there in 2007, nine years later I came back and I could see that Tawhiti has tripled its space and its samples. It is worth mentioning that this museum is private and does not receive State funding. The Tawhiti Museum has much to offer, see and admire: there are several museums in one and many other things to do:. Tawhiti Museum. Traders and Whaler's (seen strolling in boat, very entertaining). The attic of the writer Ronald Hugh. The Bush Railway (works some days), Souvenir Shop. And the coffee Mr Badger to finish the visit with a rich coffee (which is also a mini Museum) I forgot to mention that there is also an open public study, where Nigel Ogle is working and if they're lucky they could see him doing any of their fantastic creations. In another comment they talk about an hour to traverse it, I can tell you that we arrived at 10.00 am and we went to 15.00 hrs and never feel boredom or desire to stop looking and go place. A pin would rate me if they pass through Hawera, Taranaki
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  • This is a must visit museum along with the Traders and Whalers museum next door. Awesome models of Taranaki life of yesteryear along with instruments of life back in the old days. After nearly an hour...  more »
  • We visited here not knowing much about the history of the area and culture. We were totally amazing at the workman ship of the exhibits so much to see around each and every corner there was so to do. 
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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!