Tawhiti Museum/Traders and Whalers
Tawhiti Museum started out as a hobby and small private collection and has grown rapidly with public demand to become the focus of an impressive visual history of South Taranaki. With seven separate tourism awards to its credit, Tawhiti Museum is widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country! All the displays – including the life size figures created from moulds cast from real people – are designed and built on the premises. But Tawhiti is so much more than a museum - there is something for everyone to experience – from the Bush Train, to arts and crafts shops, Mr Badgers Cafe, to the new Traders and Whalers attraction.
Traders and Whalers is a truly unique experience and a New Zealand first. Using light and sound, the ride takes you on a journey (quite literally) through our past. It transports visitors to a time when our coastline witnessed piracy, abductions, massacres and espionage, dangerous explorations and bloody revenge. Owner/creator of Tawhiti Museum, Nigel Ogle says “I have tried to bring our amazing, and often bloody history alive in a way that everyone can enjoy.”
For more information about Tawhiti Museum go to www.tawhitimuseum.co.nz or call the museum on (06) 278 6837