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The Mighty River Waikato: From Hinaki to Hydropower

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  • Tue 20 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 21 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 22 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 23 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 24 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 4:30pm
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Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham St, Hamilton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $6.40
  • Child : $5.30
  • Family (2 adult & up to 4 children): $21.00

The Waikato River winds like an artery, bringing life to the land. Always a crucial food source, it now feeds homes hungry for electricity. Tainui join with other Waikato iwi (tribes) in a saying, ‘Where there is water, people will settle.’ Meet the people, hear the stories, explore the wildlife and workings of the mighty river Waikato.

Come and experience a unique exhibition brought to you by Mighty River Power. This is an exhibition for all the family to explore our iconic treasure, the Waikato River at the Waikato Museum.

Exhibition highlights include:

- A recreation of early Hamiltonians enjoying a moonlit cruise on the paddle steamer The Manuwai.
- Learn about Caesar Roose and his great shipping empire.
- Hear stories of life on the river and try your hand at tying some sailors knots.
- See and hear the wildlife of the Waikato River, as it was in the past and how it is today.
- Get up close and personal with public enemy number one, the Koi Carp, and discover how much damage this nasty fish is inflicting on our waterways.
- See live displays of pest fish.
- Take a journey back in time to experience Waikato in the deep past.
- See a huge long finned eel and marvel at the secret lives of these amazing river creatures. Keep an eye out for the taniwha!
- Take part in our discovery trail and get to grips with an explosion of river creatures in the River Station.
- Come and generate electricity from water. Discover how a toaster actually works.

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