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Address: Highway 3 / Mountain Road, 1 km south of Stratford, 4393, New Zealand
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I love stepping back in time

I love these types of places where you take a step back in time. Great work so far and room for more. Kids enjoyed the little train ride. The sheep loved being fed too.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2017
Rose-Anna F
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New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

I have lived in Taranaki most of my life and have always driven past here saying, "we must call in there". I'm so glad we did. You need several hours to get around it. Such interesting information. Some great places for photos too. The train ride was great too for a small fee. Follow up with lunch at the Shakee... More 

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Thank Melissa B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

I love these types of places where you take a step back in time. Great work so far and room for more. Kids enjoyed the little train ride. The sheep loved being fed too.

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Thank Rose-Anna F
Exeter, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Very interesting collection of historical buildings. With a great little railway. Lots of interesting memorabillia. This museum is run by the local community and have to be congratulated on there efforts to preserve such buildings. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Michael A
Thames, New Zealand
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36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

An interesting collection of early housing and business life. A credit to a small local community. Brought back many memories as well as insightful of how our early ancestors lived

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Thank gorgle
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Having visited the excellent Tawhiti Museum further down the road & colonial museums like Ferrymead in Christchurch, we found this village fairly average but appreciated the effort made by the local community to preserve local buildings and representation of an early Taranaki town. We chose not to do the train ride but families with children would enjoy this option. Staff... More 

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Thank HelenJG786
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Wonderful place to visit and spend time wandering around the village, picnic on the lawn and riding the train. Highly recommend.

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Thank ShonaAnn
New Plymouth
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

Very little looks like it's been done professionally as a lot of it has been donated by primary school kids (faces drawn on plastic plates etc) It would be acceptable if it was free but there's far better attractions in Taranaki.

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Thank ShayColman
Auckland, New Zealand
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Most of the buildings here are well restored & faithful versions of how people lived not that long ago. The lady at the counter was very helpful. and we managed to fit into the little train and have a ride around the village twice . Cost of entry is reasonable, and there's small extra charge for the train. Didn't use... More 

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Thank lorri14nz
Auckland, New Zealand
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73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

We weren't intending to stop here, thinking it wouldn't be 'our kind of thing', but the café seemed to be the only place open on a bank holiday. The toasted sandwiches were fabulous, but it also gave us time to stick our noses over the fence to see (some of) what was there. It looked fascinating so, although time was... More 

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Thank DitchDiver
Feilding, New Zealand
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43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Visiting this place was very enjoyable. I love how it looks just like a litte township. The size of the two smaller houses blew me away. The hospital was very good too. The grounds were kept very well too. Don't get a fright from the dummies! The police man seemed to be the "scariest" to me! Nice day out.

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