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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“post office” (24 reviews)
“across the road” (25 reviews)
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It has been over 30 years since I was last this way and I visited the then much smaller Kauri museum. Very impressive with animated displays, a vast kauri gum collection, info on the history of the mighty kauri with many pictures and samples of...More

Thank Dawn H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I don’t normally go out of my way to go to museums but so glad we did. Extremely well laid out, huge, informative about both kauri and kauri gum, the lives of the loggers and their families. It is run by a trust without government...More

Thank Irene S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the privilege of seeing some of the endangered giant kauri trees. This huge museum tells their story and the settling of the north island. Plan on half a day to see this museum. It's worth every minute spent.

Thank Richard J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You could spend all day here as this is a well displayed museum of not only the kauri tree and the how its gum was extracted but gives an excellent display of life in early New Zealand. We spent an extra five dollars each for...More

Thank Stan A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first stop on our bike tour on the North Island. It tells the story of the Kauri trees and the pioneers of New Zealand. There is a lot of see and read: indoor scenes of homes from the 1800's, a gum room,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much to see and take in here I understand why the ticket is valid for 2 days. We were impressed and overwhelmed. You could easily spend a full day in the tiny spot of Matakohe.

Thank Jenny M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was to be our activity of the day, but the journey had taken over, so we only arrived at about 1/4 to 4 knowing that it was to close at 5. It turned out that for us that was just the right amount of...More

Thank RowenaB6
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

I visited last weekend the Kauri Museum. And I am normally not that kind of person who is going to a museum. But a lot of my colleagues and friends highly recommend this one. So, I thought why not. And they didn't promise to much....More

Thank Miche B
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

I had no idea of these beautiful trees, wow what it must have been like in the late 1800's to have seen these mighty trees. My grandfather worked in the gum diggings in early 1900's but I had no idea of the huge area up...More

Thank roseemcd
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We came here in the middle of winter on our way north. After being warmly greeted at the front desk, we were blown away with the scale and the love and care that has gone into creating and maintaining this museum. From the huge selections...More

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