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“Third visit for us, still brilliant still enjoyed it”
Review of Tawhiti Museum

Tawhiti Museum
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Hawera
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tawhiti MuseumWidely acclaimed as one of the most innovative museums in New Zealand, Tawhiti uses life size exhibits and scale models to capture the past in a series of super-realistic displays. All the displays – including the life size figures created from moulds cast from real people – are designed and built on the premises. Whether the subject is shipping, farming, railways, or just a small corner of a colonial kitchen, the attention given to research and detail is the same. “I hope my enthusiasm for local history comes through the displays. I’m particularly aware of drawing children into our exhibits – they mustn’t feel museums are old buildings, full of old dusty junk. Historical display should be exciting and relevant – I’m always looking for more creative ways of making it just that” Nigel Ogle.
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Took our daughter here today, sadly the boat ride was closed for maintenance but the museum was every bit as good as I remembered it, if not better. So interesting, so much local history presented in a way that is fabulous for adults and children alike. Plus $12 per adult is a fair price, especially if you go with youngsters that may not spend hours there as some easily could Im sure. Keep us the good work Te Whiti

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Life size models, crafted on site from real life people but now in a reconstructed age, as well as small dioramas and fascinating displays made this visit one at the top of our holiday list. The second adventure included an underground boat ride through a Maori forest of yesteryear with the sound of invading gun fire, and even a few 'glowworms'. Both trips were well worth their $12.00, and the cafe was welcome after.

Thank Connie F
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Could easily spend 3-4 hours. Great displays and very detailed. Also learnt a lot of the history of the area.

Thank flyingfeetWellington
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We only had time for the basic Museum visit and will have to return for a look at the Traders & Whalers addition, as well as the monthly train ride. Don't be put off by the admission price - in our view it's worth every cent. The life-sized modelling is of a very high quality and the settings tell more of the pioneering story of the province than its Maori history. The miniature dioramas are of the very highest quality indeed, and have more even spread of emphasis. The large displays of the fortified pa and the large Maori raiding party are worth poring over in detail, as is the extensive railway-themed display of the now-abandoned settlements up the Forgotten Highway. Presented with insight and humour, the entire Museum deserves to be treasured and supported.

Thank Alistair M
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Creator of these life-like figures is truly masterful & definitely brings history to life!
We spent ages here admiring all the exhibits as there was something new around every corner and I can highly recommend the cafe - delicious food.

Slightly out of the way but well signposted on the straight & well worth the drive from New Plymouth (approx 1hr) Make sure you check out Hawera's historic Water Tower while you're in the township.

Thank Rochelle C
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