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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Story of New Zealand's oldest living resident 'The Kauri Tree'
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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)
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“across the road” (25 reviews)
“post office” (24 reviews)
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
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"across the road"
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"early settlers"
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"couple of hours"
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"on display"
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"north island"
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"entry fee"
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"nice cafe"
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"early days"
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"magnificent trees"
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is a true hidden gem along the way. We were on the fence about stopping but are very happy we did.

Thank Marcey A
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Filled with many informative exhibits, artefacts, photographs, saws, machinery, and much more, but at $25 entry is a little expensive.More

Thank David S
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SuzzPud, Manager at The Kauri Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review David. Setting admission charges is one of the difficulties which all museums face, balancing affordable access for our visitors with the need to ensure that the museum operation is sustainable. The Kauri Museum is completely reliant on revenue generated by...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One does not realise how big this museum is from the outside. Once you enter the museum it is like a Tardis. Beautifully pug together and loads and loads to see. A whole day would be adequate to explore every piece of information available. The...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A museum that has something for everyone, from the history of the timber industry. A great display of actual machinery with working machinery. Fantastic display of Kauri timbers, crafted furniture through the ages, wonderful samples of gum. The entire museum contains top quality exhibits which...More

Thank Leeuwenlights
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

New Zealand is full of must see places and if you have time, you should add this to the list. The Kauri Museum in Matakohe is a wonderful history of the settlers to New Zealand and how they used the native Kauri forests. The exhibits...More

Thank gbg47
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for a look round as we were passing. There is lots to see as the place is huge. The gum room was interesting. There were plenty of information boards. You probably need a couple of hours just to get round it all.

Thank cngj
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The kauri museum is one of the best museums in New Zealand. I reccomend that people see/ experience a real life kauri tree, especially at waipoua if possible before the museum visit. The museum gives a great insight not only into the kauri trees themselves...More

Thank 504stevee45
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent museum with interesting exhibits and history of timber getting. Lovely examples of kauri furniture. The gum/resin exhibit is huge. Would recommend a visit.

Thank 128Sandy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has so much history about the history of logging and the early settlers. For those of us who have an interest in the history of old machinery you can see it all there and much of it imported from the UK in some...More

Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It shows all about the destroying the kauri forrest, does not show any relation of Māori to kauri and either explains any of todays preservation activities nor information on the kauri tree diseases. Information tags are very unfriendly to read and the smell in the...More

Thank NJoy H
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