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“Easy Tuatara sighting”

Southland Museum and Art Gallery
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Henry is pretty big and probably the closest and easiest I have seen a tuatara. There is also plenty of art and artifacts about the history of the area. Plus a well stocked visitors centre and shop.

Thank spartan264
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We visited and loved the tuatara display and information. There was a good video and we enjoyed trying to find them. Good museum, nice staff and I picked up a few things in the shop.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This was a great place to look around, have a coffee, see the gardens and see some relatives afterwards.

Thank Jasdo
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

There was an easter egg hunt on when we were there which kept the 6 year old going for ages and ensured that we visited all the exhibits. This has live tuataras (which can also be viewed from the outside any time) Bert Munro's "Fastest Indian" motorbike and all the usual historical displays. It was very well done and ahd a lovely natural history section. You can take photos and the staff are most helful. I am so envious. In Napier we have the awful MTG museum - can't take photos, awful displays and unhelpful staff. The museum is located in Queen's Park which is an attraction in itself and has an excellent children's playground.

Thank rosieterry
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Our visit coincided with an exhibition relating to the Romans however with little information about its content we decided not to bother paying the entrance fee of NZ$10 each. The remainder of the building has free entry. A large area in the reception/entrance is taken up by a cafe and a gift shop and some of the items in the latter looked quite good. We saw lots of live tiny Tuatara in a display tank just off the main entrance hall and this was something the kids in there were quite excited about however we were not aware of their rarity and just thought it odd that they had "lizards" on display. (It was only later we found out they are reptiles and the species was around at the time of the dinosaurs).

Lacking on information for first time/casual visitors as to what is exhibited in the building we left disappointed. There may be other contents but there was no guide to where these might be.

Set in nice gardens which were pleasant to walk through.

Thank Rantin rover
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PriscillaGear, Administration Officer at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

Thank you for your feedback. We are currently working on an exhibition guide to use while in the Museum.

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