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The Kauri Museum

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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%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
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"new zealand"
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"early settlers"
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"across the road"
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"couple of hours"
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"on display"
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"stayed longer"
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"we spent hours"
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"entry fee"
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"nice cafe"
in 7 reviews
"early days"
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"well worth the visit"
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"amazing collection"
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"magnificent trees"
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"gum diggers"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Called in to Matakohe on our way North via the coast road to the Bay of Islands. Decided to stop at the Cafe in Matakohe and then have a look at the museum. The museum is very good and well presented but on entering the...More

Thank Ian L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

En route from Whangarei to Auckland our driver made a detour to Matakahoe as we had expressed an interest in the Kauri "pine". It is in fact of the Araucariaceae family which includes, Bunya, Norfolk Island, Hoop & Wollemi "pines" aswell as the Monkey Puzzle...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If there is one thing that the New Zealanders do as well as anyone in the world it is their museums and the Kauri Museum at Matakohe on the North Island is no exception. Friends in Auckland recommended the visit on our way north to...More

Thank John T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this museum about 15 years ago and were most impressed. It has now been upgraded into a museum as good as any in the world, taking into account that it deals specifically in the history and prehistory of kauri, and the kauri industry...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a stop in Dargaville that was devastatingly depressing, I wasn't holding out much hope for a museum in an even smaller location. We were more than pleasantly surprised. The museum is detailed and wide ranging. It was awesome being able to explain the workings...More

Thank Mel-Kiwi_NZ
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife & I visited as part of a group, & I must admit I was a little bit diffident about it. My thinking was if you've seen one piece of Kauri gum or Kauri bowl, you've seen them all. Boy! was I wrong. I...More

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum. We are family with boys between 7-11years. They loved it! Wonderful history, live workings of saw mill equipment, great hands on experience. This is a must when tripping past Wellsford!

Thank Stoney41
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

The displays are really amazing and give you an excellent understanding of how people lived during the pioneering days in New Zealand. it is a little expensive but well worth a visit

Thank kiwi572014
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Really a most brilliant, absorbing display of all things kauri, from gum digging, to milling and house building, with other interesting things like horse racing memorabilia thrown in for good measure. Time is about the only limiting feature, and the museum is worth every cent...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

What a gem could spend hours there. A must do if you are up north more so if you are going to see the live Kauris. The "active" sawmills are great, and the lay out and exhibits are world class. Staff are very friendly and...More

Thank cockies2017
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