So what is there to do in Hawera? We asked ourselves exactly that when we arrived here lunchtime Monday. After setting ourselves up at the South Taranaki Club, which is a very nice parking spot complete with dump facilities, water and the usual Club facilities, we popped into town to grab a bite to eat and to see what there is to see and do. One thing we had been told to go and see was the Tawhiti Museum. So off we trotted.

This is a museum celebrating New Zealand’s heritage through life size exhibits and scale models to capture the past in a series of realistic displays and diorama’s. All the displays are designed and built on the premises and are the brain child of Local artist Nigel Ogle. And what detail! The figurines range from life size down to one inch scale and are displayed in amazing landscapes, social perspectives and include artifacts.


From Maori Pa sites, through to trading scenes, wars, colonization then on to a social history of dairying, railways, agriculture, livestock, and general daily life, the displays seamlessly led you through the eras.




We even found a lawnmower that matched the age of the operator!!



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