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Address: 5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
09:00 - 17:00
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   The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty...


   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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Matakohe Must Do

Fantastic museum with so much history and information about days gone by in the Kauri logging days. Allow at least 2-3 hours as there is so much to see.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fantastic museum with so much history and information about days gone by in the Kauri logging days. Allow at least 2-3 hours as there is so much to see.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This would have to be one of the best museums we have ever visited. Do not leave New Zealand without seeing it. The exhibits all feature some linkage to the magnificent Kauri tree. All displays are in context and wonderfully presented. One of many highlights is a polished slab of a complete Kauri tree. But as I said this is... More 

Thank Robert D
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have recently returned from our second tour of New Zealand. The country does have many interesting museum, but we felt that the Kaori museum was the best we found. There is so much to see, not just the history of the trees and gum, but most other aspects of NZ history, and the current photography exhibition is amazing.

Thank nigelmeadows47
Paynesville, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see in NZ an extremely comprehensive insight in the old days & especially thd timber industry that was so important to the country. Dont miss it. Well worth the money.

Thank Michele J
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A time capsule of the history of the timber getters, gum diggers, and the special tree that is the NZ Kauri.

Thank MarkWebbOz
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprisingly, this museum shows a full wood mill from the last century in action, with many machines running at slow pace, steam engines, etc, an impressive collection of saws of all kinds, and large specimen of the Kauri trees, now nearly extincted

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an old fashioned museum, lovingly attended to and cared for by the local volunteers. It truly is an amazing place with all you wanted to know about the Kauri and especially the gum. The room with the gum collection is a national treasure . This is such an important part of the early history of New Zealand.

Thank Barrie E
Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is all about wood, Kauri wood. Examples of all it's different grains and pretty much everything you can make from it. Easy to spend a couple of hours here, but could end up staying longer. Oh, yes, they also have gum! Kauri tree gum.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in after passing though the Waipoua Forest to see Tane Mahuta the largest tree in New Zealand. The museum goes into the history of these giant trees, their harvesting for the excellent grain wood and the gum. Surprisingly large and incorporates how people lived and worked in the era

Thank AlanBurrill
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprisingly large place with lots of interesting exhibits. Tree samples, lumberyard, furniture, huge Gum (amber) display and lots of photos of the harvesting of these trees. Gives a good idea of just how massive these trees are and a special appreciation for the work to save them.

Thank Tomra B

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