After leaving New Plymouth, we stopped in Stratford Countdown for some Milk and a few essentials and after breakfast and a look around, cruised on to the famous Tawhiti Museum.
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Started by a local very clever Artist, Nigel Ogle with his wife Teresa, they built this up using local friends and aquaintances to make their lifesized models faces and they look amazing. I love the expressions too. In 1975, they bought the old Cheese factory where Nigel worked as a boy and this was the start of the Museum.
It is split into three Museums being the local history, the Traders and Whalers and the Bush railway.
Fiona and I elected to check out the Local History which took several hours. This could easily take the whole day if you elected to do all three.
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The parking opposite is fantastic with plenty of room for Motorhome parking with separate parking for the cars on the sides.
There is also a well stocked Cafe on site with great Coffee too. A neat spot.
We’ve decided already we will have to revisit and check out the other bits we missed but an awesome display that really is a must see.
We went from here to the Muller NZMCA park in Hawera where we recognised several other Motorhomers who were parked next to us at the Museum! Isn’t it funny how great minds think alike 🙂