The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum, Matakohe: Hours, Address, The Kauri Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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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kiwikids2015
Hamilton, New Zealand41 contributions
A must for everyone travelling through.
May 2021
The whole experience was amazing, I could have spent several more hours there, It is a combination of pioneer museum and educational facility. The layout of the exhibited rooms, the boarding house, milling equipment, boats and kauri gum was just mind-blowing.
Written 3 June 2021
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Ross C
Richmond, New Zealand261 contributions
Mind-boggling Kauri museum
May 2021
Mind-boggling amount of kauri and logging items n display in this huge museum. As well historic human elements presented in separate windows. Amazing amount to see and take in.
Written 13 May 2021
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Dawn L
Waitara, New Zealand25 contributions
Kauri Museum - 25 years on
Mar 2021
We visited this museum 25 years ago with 3 teenage children (who still remember the visit). We hadn't really intended to go back again but had some time to fill in - the time was really well filled in. The museum has doubled in size and still has the great things from 25yrs ago but so much more, including a boarding house built inside the museum. It has been made out of recycled timber and other bits from around the district and looks really authentic. We were fascinated by it.
Although we had already seen the collection of kauri gum it was still great to see it again - it is beautiful.
Really recommend it
Written 31 March 2021
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njp67
Taupo, New Zealand163 contributions
Very Interesting Museum
Feb 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed the variety of displays - not just timber. Great being able to see how people lived during that period. Also great that the displays were so interactive and not everything was shut off behind barriers. Spent 1.5 hours there - cost of entry is $25 per person
Written 23 February 2021
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santo t
Auckland, New Zealand7,413 contributions
Spectacular
Jan 2021
This is a museum with long and colorful histories and stories about Kauri and the people whose life have very intense relationships with Kauri. Kauri loggers, Gum diggers, products and arts, immigrants, Kauri furniture makers, timber and wood products and machinery, townships at the past which created and booming because of Kauri industries and business. You need to spend at least one hour to enjoy the content of this museum. A special museum, with so many valuable historical exhibits, worth to be visited.
Written 23 February 2021
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Fang
Auckland, New Zealand206 contributions
Fantastic Museum!
Feb 2021 • Couples
If you are on vacation in the area, put in on your list of things to do.
Museum and collection is impressive, to see it all properly you will need a few hours.
We have been to many museums around the world, and can sure say it will impress, as a lot of New Zealand history is reflected here too.
Highly recommended.
Written 14 February 2021
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Michael H
Napier, New Zealand833 contributions
Short or long visits both work!
Jan 2021 • Couples
We came for an hour but stayed almost three. More than just the history of logging of Kauri and collection of gum, The displays give an amazing insight into early European settlement in NZ in the 1860 to 1920 period. Highly recommended. My suggestion is visit in the morning and then have coffee or go and do something else and come back in the afternoon. Thanks to the team at the museum, I cannot imagine the thousands of hours that have been poured out to make this collection so accessible and valuable.
Written 24 January 2021
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DaveOwen66
Te Awamutu, New Zealand85 contributions
Enormous, you could spend hours here.
Jan 2021
This is a very extensive museum with a stunning collection. You could spend all day reading the information. It's not just about kauri - there is a lot about settlers' life in the kauri-logging era. The only disappointment, and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars, is that there did not seem to be any acknowledgement of the cultural and environmental damage caused by the kauri industry. In a 21st-century museum of this size and scope, that's inexcusable.
Written 23 January 2021
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LizziWhaley
Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions
Museum Magic in Matakohe
Jan 2021 • Couples
This museum is incredible! you need a few hours to see this properly. this was nothing like i expected. The curation and design of the displays transported you back in time, you learn not only about the kauri industry but also the early settlers of the area.
Incredible! Worth the detour
Written 19 January 2021
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Mark Begbie
Tauranga, New Zealand146 contributions
Brilliant and extensive
Jan 2021 • Family
The museum is way more extensive than we were expecting. The exhibits are all well done, well maintained, and well documented. We learned a lot about kauri, early European settlement activity, and big machines 😁.

Well worth the entry fee for the family. Beware, you may want to use the second day of the ticket!
Written 17 January 2021
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