Taranaki Information / Museums


Fun Ho

Toy-riffic! Fun HOItoys hold a special place in New Zealand history, and in many childhood memories, as well as catering to modern day tastes. For over 80 years, Fun Ho! has been a household name in New Zealand. Still found in sand pits and toy collections around the world, Fun HOItoys have become a sought-after collectable and are a true "Kiwiana" classic.
The Fun HOIstory began in 1935 when Jack Underwood started making lead toys in his basement. The toys began being made in solid cast aluminium from the early 1940s. This production continued until 1982 and they are now being made in the on-site foundry at the museum.
The Fun Ho! National Toy Museum has over 3000 toys on display along with plenty of interactive activities. This is not just a museum where you get to look at things, you are also able to touch. And with the on-site foundry, you'll often get to see first-hand a toy being made by Richard Jordan, the toy-maker. You may even getto take part in the process.
You have the option to take your very own piece of Fun Ho! home. The museum has a great little store where replicas of many of the toys on display are available for purchase, made using the original moulding plates. Whether you're 5,55 or 75, you're bound to have a good time at the Fun HOI National Toy Museum. ____________________________

The Taranaki Pioneer Village

Welcome to ten acres ofTaranaki heritage! The Taranaki Pioneer Village (circa 1850 -1950) is a unique opportunity to experience an outdoor museum presenting the life ofTaranaki pioneers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Many discoveries await visitors withi n 40 different buildings - including authentic historic structures dating back to 1853. Step back in time at the Pembroke Road School, Stratford Courthouse, Mangatoki Church, Kaponga Jail, Village Forge, Stratford Hospital Museum or the original village homestead The village also has its own railway line encircli ng the property and the 'Pioneer Express' is avery popular way to view the complex.

Aotea Utanganui

Museum of South Taranaki has on display some of the oldest wooden artefacts in New Zealand.
One of the oldest items on display isa 3.5 million year old fossilised baleen whale jawbone encased in a large rock, found on nearby Patea beach.
The many colourfuI and sometimes tragic stories of South Taranaki are recorded in the museum. The Taranaki Wars are told using maps, photographs, weaponry and artefacts. Warriors from both sides such asTitokowaru, Tutange Waionui, Charles Broughton and James Livington, who still have descendants in the region today, are honoured.

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