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Address: 5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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 a fantastic place, so much history, so much to take in. Needs at least 2 hours. Excellent photos and so many stunning kauri furniture pieces. So great that the mannequins... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fantastic place, so much history, so much to take in. Needs at least 2 hours. Excellent photos and so many stunning kauri furniture pieces. So great that the mannequins are of local folk. Wish we had another day to go back and browse some more. Excellent food at the Gumdiggers Cafe.

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Newtown, Mid Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On our way up to visit the Waipoua Kauri Forest, we called in to visit this amazing museum. All undercover, which was welcome due to the pouring rain when we arrived, the museum gave us a fascinating glimpse of what life was like long ago for the foresters who lived and worked in the forest harvesting the trees. There are... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The size and scope of this museum would be impressive in a large city let alone a small NZ regional town. Great for a rainy day. The amount of work volunteers have put into this museum is startling. The amber display is remarkable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Who would think you could spend 4 hours in a museum basically about wood. Well in this museum you can. All about the history of Kauri logging, some superb furniture and lots more

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Thank Chris K
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a rainy day visit because we did not think it would interesting. Wrong it was really good, informative and a lot bigger than I imagined it would be. There was large building devoted to different aspects of the logging and the lives of the loggers. One building had the plank of the largest tree ever felled hanging from... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting. It is totally about the Kauri Tree. Very informative . I don't generally enjoy museums but this was fascinating.

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Thank Janette W
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the Pioneer Room held within the kauri museum was a highlight of a 10 day far north road trip with my husband. what an absolute treasure trove of history! the entire museum and its surrounding buildings are a kiwi treasure and a must see if you're in the area.

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Huntington Beach, CA USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderfully organized and lovingly curated collection celebrating the mankind-caused near extinction of the amazing Kauri tree. Extensive representation and display of the culture that was created surrounding the clear-cutting of these magnificent trees. However, there is very little discussion of the effects upon the environment this destruction has caused, and little or nothing on sustainably or forest restoration, of the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are very few regions or towns that don't have a museum and it is easy to give one a miss as just another museum. That would be a big mistake when it comes to The Kauri Museum. No such thing as a quick stop and look around. The Kauri Museum would have to rate as one of the best... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very good museum, with a large number of exhibits. Well presented. Staff were very pleasant and helpful.

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