We live in the 'orange zone' near a National Park and greatly appreciate the efforts if firefighters in controlling bushfires, We also have a grandson who is just crazy about fire engines and firemen, so this was an absolute "must do" for us!
The museum has good collection of real new Zealand fire appliances, fittings, uniforms and fire fighting miscellania, plus an truly amazing number of model fire engines from around the world. There are literally hundreds of models across a great range of scales, up to ~1:16.
There is no fee for visiting but a donation is appreciated.
We spent over an hour wandering through the exhibits and were free to photograph everything. It was fascinating.
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