Pricing and Conditions

Adult $10.00 - $20.00
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Museum - $10 adult / $3 child; Traders & Whalers - $10 adult / $5 child; Bush Railway - $5 adult / $2 child

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Children under 14 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Young children may find aspects of this attraction scary. Guests must be ambulatory. No photography permitted.

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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.

Opening times

Business 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.
Months of operation:
All months of the year


401 Ohangai Road, Hawera, Hāwera, New Zealand.

plane Proximity to airport:
50 minutes drive from New Plymouth airport
bus Proximity to coach terminal:
5 minutes drive from Hawera
decisions Proximity to town:
5 minutes drive from Hawera

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