The Kauri Museum
The Kauri Museum
4.5
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
About
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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  • jaxcats1
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom26 contributions
    Amazing museum!!
    Spent 1/2 a day here and could easily have stayed all day if we had had the time. The Kauri wood is magnificent. The museum is very well laid out, and I believe they are building an extension. I would recommend that you make sure you have plenty of time to explore this beautiful museum.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2023
  • TerryH
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom1,067 contributions
    Very good museum
    We only had 30 minutes to tour this excellent museum celebrating the iconic tree. Doesn’t sound overly interesting but trust me, it’s very good value for money. Some incredible exhibits on display. Cannot do justice in less than 30 minutes but so glad we visited this museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,213 contributions
    Fascinating Place
    This place is amazing, but a bit "marmite", depending on your particular interests. It's about the history of logging kauri trees and digging for their "gum". Great set of photos, artefacts and tableaux. It's a labyrinth of rooms and display areas, one leading from another. Just as you think you've finished your tour, another room opens up. Some areas are excellent and have some huge pieces of machinery, whilst others are more cramped and simply stuffed with items. The arrangement is a bit ra\ndom at times, the collesction eclectic. There's a display of chain-saws! Fascinating history & well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Karen W
    3 contributions
    Fascinating place
    Such an amazing museum! I’m not normally a museum person but this was so interesting and so well curated and presented. So many different rooms to explore! It was wonderful to learn about the magnificent Kauri trees but sad to learn how few there are left. Well worth a visit even though it’s a bit off the beaten track
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Emma2605
    Gympie, Australia4 contributions
    Definitely don’t miss this!
    This place is fantastic! We day tripped from Auckland to visit the museum with our 3 children (12,10 & 4) and had a fantastic day. One of the best museums in the world that I’ve visited. So much to see, wonderful history, very informative and a must see. The ladies at the front counter were lovely and the toilets were clean. We spent about 4 hours there and we all enjoyed it
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 November 2023
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Emma2605
Gympie, Australia4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
This place is fantastic! We day tripped from Auckland to visit the museum with our 3 children (12,10 & 4) and had a fantastic day. One of the best museums in the world that I’ve visited. So much to see, wonderful history, very informative and a must see. The ladies at the front counter were lovely and the toilets were clean. We spent about 4 hours there and we all enjoyed it
Written 18 November 2023
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Karen W
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Such an amazing museum! I’m not normally a museum person but this was so interesting and so well curated and presented. So many different rooms to explore! It was wonderful to learn about the magnificent Kauri trees but sad to learn how few there are left. Well worth a visit even though it’s a bit off the beaten track
Written 3 October 2023
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Steven Duncan
Paparoa, New Zealand2 contributions
The Kauri Museum is one of the best kept secrets in Northland New Zealand. Experience the cultural history and the Settler story.
Written 21 August 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,213 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
This place is amazing, but a bit "marmite", depending on your particular interests. It's about the history of logging kauri trees and digging for their "gum". Great set of photos, artefacts and tableaux. It's a labyrinth of rooms and display areas, one leading from another. Just as you think you've finished your tour, another room opens up. Some areas are excellent and have some huge pieces of machinery, whilst others are more cramped and simply stuffed with items. The arrangement is a bit ra\ndom at times, the collesction eclectic. There's a display of chain-saws! Fascinating history & well worth a visit.
Written 27 May 2023
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TerryH
Hertfordshire, UK1,067 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We only had 30 minutes to tour this excellent museum celebrating the iconic tree. Doesn’t sound overly interesting but trust me, it’s very good value for money. Some incredible exhibits on display. Cannot do justice in less than 30 minutes but so glad we visited this museum.
Written 9 April 2023
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Hendersonville, NC6 contributions
Amazing museum. Excellent history off logging. An awesome selection of logging equipment very well preserved. 37 people in our group and everyone gave the same excellent review.
Written 7 April 2023
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jaxcats1
Stoke-on-Trent, UK26 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Spent 1/2 a day here and could easily have stayed all day if we had had the time.
The Kauri wood is magnificent.
The museum is very well laid out, and I believe they are building an extension.
I would recommend that you make sure you have plenty of time to explore this beautiful museum.
Written 2 April 2023
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Izzybizzy2
Aylesbury Vale, UK89 contributions
What a fantastic visit!
This museum was certainly one of the best museums I have been to in a long time.
The history of these trees is quite incredible & the pioneers who discovered & utilised them where very innovative.
However, it is hugely pleasing that the mature trees are now protected forever.
A lesson learnt which must continue……..
Written 28 March 2023
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RantingSwede
6 contributions
Lots of Kauri and gum displays and facts. Felt quite outdated and missed a wider perspective on impact on environment and Maori.
Written 17 March 2023
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NeverTooOldToRoam
Adelaide, Australia260 contributions
Sep 2022
Such an interesting place. The story of the Kauri tree is captivating and is delivered with passion. The museum is highly interactive and very detailed. The gift shop also has a few nice surprises. The post office and school house were a bonus.
Written 10 March 2023
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