Tawhiti Museum


What started out as a hobby has become widely regarded as the best private museum in NZ. Tawhiti Museum is an impressive & engaging visual history of Taranaki. Life-size exhibits & scale models are used to capture the past in super-realistic displays. All displays are created onsite in the ‘body shop’ - part of the museum visit. Further on-site attractions include Traders & Whalers - a unique & innovative historical presentation of the Taranaki coast in the 1800s with an underground canal boat ride; Tawhiti Bush Railway – a dramatic historical presentation of the logging railways in Taranaki; Farmpower Hall – a collection of farm machinery depicting their evolution from the 1930’s & Mr Badger’s Cafe – offering fresh home-baking & coffee.

Contact Details

Physical Address

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera, Hawera, New Zealand

Postal Address

New Zealand



Operating Months

Open All Year

Operating Hours

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 10am - 4pm. SUMMER SEASON - Open every day from Boxing Day to the end of January. WINTER SEASON (June, July, August): Open Sundays only. Groups by arrangement outside these hours. Mr Badger's Cafe open same days and hours as Tawhiti Museum.


$10* - $20*
*Pricing may vary. Enquire for details.

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