Tawhiti Museum, Hawera, Taranaki


Suitable for all ages but note about Trader and Whalers section below.

This is made up of 3 different attractions; a museum, a (new) Traders and Whalers Museum and a separate Bush railway ride (limited operating times, see under ‘Open’). It is worth deciding which part your kids will enjoy most and just paying for one attraction at a time, as there’s a lot to see and do. It is also worth noting that some younger kids might find parts of the Traders and Whalers Museum scary because of the content – ask at the reception before paying!

Throughout, there are life-like and some life-sized figures of people which help kids to see what life for early settlers was like. There are lots of interactive exhibits for kids to engage with. The Traders and Whalers museum includes a short boat ride, which lots of kids enjoy.

There is a cafe onsite (open the same hours as the museum) but reviewers suggest the selection of food available is quite limited, so you might want to take your own.

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Contact Information

Tel: 06 278 6837

Web: http://www.tawhitimuseum.co.nz/index.php

Address: 401 Ohangui Road, Hawera, South Taranaki. Large car park onsite.

Open: Limited winter opening (June, July & August) Sundays only 10am – 4pm. Summer opening (Boxing Day – end of January) daily 10am – 4pm. At all other times, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday 10am – 4pm.

Bush railway operates on the first Sunday of each month, Sundays during school holidays, and most public holidays, weather permitting.

Price: For the Museum only Adults $15, Kids (aged 5-15 years) $5. For just Traders and Whalers Adults $15, Kids (aged 5-15 years) $5. For the Bush railway Adults $6, Kids (aged 5-15 years) $3

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