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Address: 5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-431 7417
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00


   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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Really Great Historical Collection

A surprisingly wonderful collection of objects, so well displayed and interpreted. The history of forestry activities related to harvesting Kauri is told through a impressive and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Rod N
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A surprisingly wonderful collection of objects, so well displayed and interpreted. The history of forestry activities related to harvesting Kauri is told through a impressive and comprehensive collection of implements, machinery and photographs. The recreations of milling activites is outstanding. Coupled to this is the story of Kauri Gum harvesting and use with an astounding collection. We spent 2 and... More 

Thank Rod N
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I took my American friends on a visit to this museum. They were delighted with everything they experienced there. The 90 or so minutes drive from Auckland City was pleasant and they were able to enjoy the countryside. There is so much very well displayed information at the Museum that several hours can pass by very quickly. The interests ranged... More 

Thank Annabell C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was more than encouraged by my Kiwi friend to make a visit to the Kauri Museum because he knew I was a forester (from North America). It is indeed a must see museum with an emphasis on agriculture and animal husbandry with emphasis on the historic and economic importance of the Kauri Forests of the area; it also has... More 

Thank Richard H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there and totally enjoyed it There is plenty to see and the staff are friendly and passionate about the place The museum is clean and all the displays are well displayed and informative giving you an insight into early life in the area You need to allow about 2 hours to look at it and it is well... More 

Thank Robin K
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were simply blown away by this little country museum. While it is a sad thing that the forests were almost wiped out by the loggers, people clearing land and the gum collectors; it was astonishing to see how they physically handled such massive logs and trees. The machinery they engineered, the structures they built. The museum has many dioramas... More 

Thank Karen1CUA
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum portrays a history of the Northland forests and gum diggingsand the people. These included people from other countires notabley Dalmatians who stayed and established other industires such as the wine industry. There are huge Kauri logs and information panels about how these were dealt with, a range of tools over the years that were used to fell these... More 

Thank Diane W
Northlew, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a lunch stop on our journey from Auckland to Piahia. Very informative talk and good self guided tour of museum - including lots of life sized models and reconstructions of buildings with lots of donations from locals . We were also lucky there was an annual quilt exhibition - so talented. It may not sound your cup of... More 

Thank Holly D
Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous museum, so much to see and do, make a day of it or stay overnight locally as we were told the ticket is valid for two days. Gorgeous spot on the Kaipara Harbour. It would be a really nice 2 day getaway.

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Maryborough, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to learn about the timber industry and the logging of the kauri trees this is a must see place. The rooms are filled with history and amazing showpieces of every facet of this industry ,there is one room filled with beautifull pieces of gum collected from the ground.The daily lives of every day citizens are displayed beautifuluy... More 

Thank Edna R
Mudgee, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Amazing foresight to present such a fabulous exhibition detailing the Kauri logging and gumdigging histories! An astonishing array of collectibles and memorabilia from bygone days. Well worth a visit ...

Thank Jeff W

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