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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Story of New Zealand's oldest living resident 'The Kauri Tree'
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The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating gum and pioneering past. The Kauri tree is the focal point and theme of this museum, showing the different stages of how this giant wonder fueled industries that sustained communities of the early settlers. The Museum has over 4,500 sq mtrs of undercover attraction, and is a 'Must See'! Visit our heritage Museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest. Visitor Information Centre on site with main focus on the western route of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and Northland. Disabled friendly, lots of free parking spaces available, accommodation and cafes nearby. Location: 5 Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand 0593 Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Open every day except Christmas Day)
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent museum. Well laid out, very interesting and informative. It is not a place to just drop in for a few minutes. Visitors need at least 2 hour and probably 3 to do it justice. Even if it requires a detour to visit it...More

Thank DaibachLondon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much more than we expected. The museum has an amazing collection of wood, resin/gum, (sad) history of the lumbering of the Kauri forests, and recreated settings/relocated buildings of the times.

Thank Cynthia B
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Spent over four hours looking around the museum and other building such as the Post Office and Church. A great place to visit.

Thank AndrewMN
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

It's been a while since I last visited. There werexsome new things to look at as well as the core kauri displays. An interesting exhibit on Gordon Coates was new. Well worth 3 hours for a thorough visit

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Part of a Grand Pacific bus tour. I found the museum very interesting and informative. There is a so many rooms and sections if interest. Both kauri trees (wood) and kauri gum (polished and raw) is on show. You could easily spend 2-3 hours here....More

Thank kazzakanary
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

A wonderful museum providing a thorough insight in to the kauri industry and pioneering spirit which helped develop northland. Recommend asking one of the guides to give you a quick tour then take your time to enjoy the exhibitions. Ok for little kids but bring...More

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Fantastic museum. Very comprehensive and gives an excellent historical account of felling the kauri and the kauri gum diggers. Something for everyone. Very well maintained with working machinery and DVD's that work.! European history of the time is represented which is useful time perspective for...More

Thank Di A
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Arrived here late on a Thursday evening by camper van and freedom camped in the parking lot. Very quiet and no traffic. Visited the museum the next morning. Very informative and interesting displays. Plenty to keep all ages interested in the history of the harvesting...More

Thank SK1162
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Informative, well-laid out, museum. Very well preserved/maintained exhibits throughout. We only wish we'd had more time to spend to read every single exhibit, but we had a 4-hr drive ahead of us so had to hit the road!

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 10 September 2017

A very realistic depiction of early pioneering days in New Zealand. The size of some of the Kauri logs is simply astounding. A good range of artifacts for sale and very helpful staff

Thank Nigel L
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