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The former Kawhia County Council building is now a waterfront museum. The museum is stacked with memorabilia, fascinating facts and dedicated volunteers. There are dinosaur fossils including moa bones. Photographs galore and slightly dusty exhibits. It is the perfect place for fans of regional collections. Look for the nineteenth century whaling boat. Five boats were built in Auckland in the 1880’s. Four of them survive; one on display in the local museum and the remaining three to compete, alongside modern replicas, in the annual New Year’s regatta.

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