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Address: 5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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   The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty...

  

   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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What an amazing place

Our guide Dan from Waitangi treaty grounds told us to put it on our must do list. This place would be the best local museum we have seen it takes a minimum of 2 hours to see it... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Fiona M
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our guide Dan from Waitangi treaty grounds told us to put it on our must do list. This place would be the best local museum we have seen it takes a minimum of 2 hours to see it all . The staff were lovely and even offer you to come back the following day on the same ticket if you... More 

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Wollongbar, Australia
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kauri Museum is based around the original Kauri trees harvested in New Zealand. The antique furniture that was hand made at the turn of the century will absolutely astound you. It is displayed in original rooms of an old house that was bought to the museum for display purposes. All aspects of the harvesting of the timber is to... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in the North, visiting anywhere, at any time, make sure you stop here! Do no drive past. Great exhibits tell the story of early New Zealand beautifully. Working models fascinate. Collections are first class. It is a gem and would not be out of place in any major museum. (Should be in them really but it is... More 

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Thank Brian C
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum was a surprise as it was huge, really well presented and very easy to enjoy. It was a great way to learn about the famous Kauri tree and the connected history of New Zealand. Definitely well worth a visit.

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Thank ziazak
Whangarei, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So well done! Fabulous way to learn about NZ. Combine with a 10 minute Kauri bush walk just up the road, and a stop at Nelson's Kauri Gallery north of Dargaville, and explore the giant Kauri trees on your way to Hokianga and the Signal Station Lookout.

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Thank fbs999
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An unassuming building that has a treasure trove of information and displays on the kauri tree. An absolute must to visit

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Thank Mark F
Southampton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is best visited after you've walked through one of the kauri forests on North West coast of North island. One can easily spend a whole day here and still not see everything. The history of the kauri tree and the way it was over-exploited is brilliantly explained and beautifully illustrated in so many different ways. Very impressive and... More 

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is about the place of the Kauri tree in the economicand social life of New Zealand. It is the NZ equivalent of the oak tree for the British. Not only is there an extensive display, in several large rooms, there are also the associated buildings, the church and the recreated school-house. Great lunches served in the restaurant/cafe across... More 

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Korumburra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This wasn't a great value for money activity. The museum content is interesting and some pieces are jaw dropping but I didn't feel that it was worth the entry cost.

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Thank Michelle A
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a bit out of the way but a "must see" for visitors to Northland. Kauri trees are a vital part of New Zealand's history, sadly now much culled for their timber although remaining large ones are now protected. The museum makes a great finish to a tour of the Kauri forests but do allow 2 hours to see it... More 

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