Fun Ho! National Toy Museum

Taranaki & Whanganui

Inglewood’s cute toy museum exhibits (and sells) old-fashioned sand-cast toys. It doubles as the local visitor information centre. Everybody shout, 'Fun Ho!'. Look for the big fire engine on the roof.

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