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Address: 5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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Sun - Sat 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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Technology has grown so much. The wood is very old and we'll represented at this museum. It showed how hard life would have been back then for the settlers.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
RockyB3
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Technology has grown so much. The wood is very old and we'll represented at this museum. It showed how hard life would have been back then for the settlers.

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Petersfield, England, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought this would be a fairly quick visit but it's so interesting giving lots of photos and information on Kauri trees. The exhibits are very good indeed and cover all aspects of historical logging, what the trees were used for, gum diggers and lots of beautiful furniture and other objects. Machinery displays and rooms with recreated homes from the... More 

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Thank ValK866
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic museum. Comprehensive and large, give yourself at least 2 hours to really go through it properly. You'll learn about the Kauri history of Northland and the people who worked there.

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Thank Nickei F
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kauri was the original tree of Northland so it is only fitting that there is a museum dedicated to it. The early settlers saw these magnificent trees as a great source of timber for housing, construction and just about everything else. A hard wood with few knobs in the grain, Kauri wood was in great demand, as was the gum... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is worth taking a good few hours to walk around the various exhibits and in particular see the vast collection of Kauri Gum. I also enjoyed the current exhibition of Tudor Collins photography.

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Adelaide, Australia
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum can only be described as excellent, allow at least 2 hours but you could easily spend more, informative and extremely well presented, well priced

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North Shore,New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last visited here some 20 years ago.,it has grown and improved a great deal since then. This is a great place to learn and marvel at what early settlers did in New Zealand. It is a very well presented and looked after Musemum that is a little different to the norm. The staff were very helpful and everything was in... More 

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Switzerland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here because our guidebook said that this was THE museum to see in the Northland, but we are very sorry we stopped and supported this environmental travesty. This museum is over priced ($25 p.p) and is basically a haphazard collection of every Kauri object anyone ever donated to them. There is absolutely no sense of curation at all.... More 

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Forres, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great visit. Don’t miss it and expext to spend 3 hours here. We also used the cafe across the road and went to the two churches. I would love to know the history of the roses. This is easily an all day visit.

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Thank Sandra M
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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