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The Kauri Museum

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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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We realised we knew very little about the Kauri history in New Zealand, but this museum was so informative and interesting it was impossible not to be amazed.

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went wandering on our recent trip to Northland and discovered this amazing museum. We were so wowed by the amazing displays, historical modelling, working machinery and much much more. The kids had a great time, we would certainly visit again.

Thank charlotteMH27
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting museum on a unique subject with large and impressive displays. However, it was too expensive for what it is and the information presented was somewhat disorganized.

Thank Marc K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our interactive tour of the Kauri Museum, it was the perfect way to engage and interact with the fascinating story of the stunning Kauri Coast. An unmissable pit-stop!

Thank Robin_Laura
Reviewed 10 June 2017

The museum was informative, well laid out and had a modern approach to history, The antique furniture was amazing and the huge slabs of kauri were great to see close up. My husband appreciated the working mechanical displays.

Thank 558judy
Reviewed 26 May 2017

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...More

Thank Fiona M
Reviewed 15 May 2017

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...More

Thank kjohns19
Reviewed 11 May 2017

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...More

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 9 May 2017

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.

Thank ziazak
Reviewed 8 May 2017 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...More

Thank fbs999
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