The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum, Matakohe: Hours, Address, The Kauri Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Kauri Museum
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Andrew H
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
May 2022
The Kauri museum was our first stop after arriving in New Zealand. It has so much to explore, read, and listen to and is great value for money. You will be blown away by the size, detail and magnitude of the displays. I'd visited previously and made sure I took mum and her husband this time and they loved it.
Written 9 June 2022
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James T
Queenstown, New Zealand87 contributions
Plenty to see here, it was bigger than we expected. The staff were friendly and helpful and the site was well presented. A little dated perhaps in some parts but overall very good.
Written 22 May 2022
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kerry n
Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
Mar 2022
We did not plan to stop here, but touring Northland we were keen to just spontaneously stop off. It was definitely worth it and I would highly recommend a visit here. It did cost $25 per person, and I did hear them give a discount to a group. This place was really unexpected. It's a bit ho-hum when you first walk in, but it was like a tardis and you get drawn further and further in to a 4000 sqm museum. There is a two story house and saw mill inside! There is so much to see, learn and hear. The corridor that linked the front entrance to the exhibition of yester-year had me reminiscing about my nana's old home. It was pretty cool. If you have time - and I would recommend a couple of hours at least (though you could do it in less, you'd be running!) then make this a stop on your northland journey. We stopped here before visting Tane Mahuta which helped appreciate the Northland forestry even more.
Written 16 April 2022
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JB R
34 contributions
Dec 2021
A great museum with amazing displays that really bring to life the history of Kauri tress in New Zealand. A absolute must do if you are in the region.
Written 12 January 2022
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Gay G
Auckland, New Zealand92 contributions
Jan 2022
Stunning museum. We had from 4yr old to 74 yr old with us and everyone was enthralled with the displays and the extensive information. Wonderful display of polishing the kauri gum for the children and each child came away with the equipment to do polishing on their own with a kauri gum price. Well worth the visit to the Museum and the surrounding historic buildings
Written 12 January 2022
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Lena91nz
Auckland Central, New Zealand59 contributions
I visited this afternoon and had a great time. We spent hours exploring the museum and learning about kauri logging, and the local history. I did feel like the name was a bit of a misnomer as we didn't learn much about the trees themselves, more the logging days and early days of the town. I did enjoy that but would have expected a bit more of the nature side of things.

It was very special to see the exhibition of the local taonga too.
Written 28 December 2021
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Davy900
Auckland Central, New Zealand51 contributions
Jul 2021
Large exhibit. Plenty of interesting stuff to see. Have visited several times and always find something new. Interesting displays for all ages.
Written 21 July 2021
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Helen B
Tauranga, New Zealand158 contributions
Jun 2021
Im not generally a fan of museums but this was exceptional. A must to see although I doubt one visit would be enough. So much to take in and brought alive by realistic mannequins and so many photos and machinery. Outstanding!!
Written 1 July 2021
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Des J
Hamilton, New Zealand48 contributions
May 2021
The whole experience was amazing, I could have spent several more hours there, It is a combination of pioneer museum and educational facility. The layout of the exhibited rooms, the boarding house, milling equipment, boats and kauri gum was just mind-blowing.
Written 3 June 2021
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Ross C
Richmond, New Zealand265 contributions
May 2021
Mind-boggling amount of kauri and logging items n display in this huge museum. As well historic human elements presented in separate windows. Amazing amount to see and take in.
Written 13 May 2021
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