Tawhiti Museum, Hawera

#1 of 15 in Museums in Taranaki Region
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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  • We were impressed by the detail of the figures and the way the displays were shown in dioramas so they showed the context of it all. There were large life-size displays and small ones too. The scenes ...  more »
  • Tourists and locals who want to know more about the history of Taranaki will love this incredible museum. It's a labour of love created by a local man over many years, depicting scenes of war history,...  more »
  • Took our Grandson here during the holidays! Spent 4 hours here! Amazing place full of local history and incredibly detailed dioramas - the boat ride was fun too! Huge credit to the guys that put this ...  more »
  • Fascinating. Allow a good couple of hours and then expect to go again. Very interesting
  • 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 !!!!

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