This week while visiting Hawera, I took the opportunity to visit the renowned Tawhiti Museum. It would have been at least eight years since I was last there, and in that time much has changed. Nigel Ogle, the creator, has done a superb job of the newest part of the museum, the Whalers and Traders. Here you ride in an 1800’s boat through rocky cliffs, maori war zones, and other interesting parts. The lighting is low, the figures made and designed are so lifelike.
The museum is full of ‘old’ things, but has the twist of having very ‘real and alive’ people made as part of the displays. Even the little child crying looks so lifelike.
And yes, there is a cafe on site for those requiring a coffee fix!
A museum? Yes, it is called that, but to me it is more – it is an experience not to be missed, and definitely not to rush through.