Widely regarded as the best private museum in NZ, Tawhiti Museum features thousands of life-size models and scale figures to tell Taranaki’s history. Attractions include Traders & Whalers, Tawhiti Bush Railway, Farmpower Hall & Mr Badger’s Cafe.

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.


    • Physical Address
      401 Ohangai Road, Hawera, Hāwera, New Zealand
    • Operating Months:
      January - December
    • 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
    • Pricing:
      $10 - $20
    • *Pricing may vary. Enquire for details.