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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)
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Can't rate this highly enough. I was happy with every cent spent to view this museum. A fascinating part of our NZ history and this museum is beautifully laid out with working displays, everything is done beautifully. Don't miss it!!!

Thank Mary F
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Visited the museum on our way to the Bay of Islands. It is a very well laid out museum and shows the history of the Kauri trees and the pioneering days of the families that worked the land. You need a good amount of time...More

Thank Irene L
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Every October for one day, an advertised Settlers Day has live action in and around the display. Including vintage vehicles, sidesaddle horses, billy tea, craft and collection displays and live music. The public can try gum scraping and other activities.

Thank sonicjett
Reviewed 8 November 2017

An excellent museum. Well laid out, very interesting and informative. It is not a place to just drop in for a few minutes. Visitors need at least 2 hour and probably 3 to do it justice. Even if it requires a detour to visit it...More

Thank DaibachLondon
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

So much more than we expected. The museum has an amazing collection of wood, resin/gum, (sad) history of the lumbering of the Kauri forests, and recreated settings/relocated buildings of the times.

Thank Cynthia B
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Spent over four hours looking around the museum and other building such as the Post Office and Church. A great place to visit.

Thank AndrewMN
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

It's been a while since I last visited. There werexsome new things to look at as well as the core kauri displays. An interesting exhibit on Gordon Coates was new. Well worth 3 hours for a thorough visit

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Part of a Grand Pacific bus tour. I found the museum very interesting and informative. There is a so many rooms and sections if interest. Both kauri trees (wood) and kauri gum (polished and raw) is on show. You could easily spend 2-3 hours here....More

Thank kazzakanary
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

A wonderful museum providing a thorough insight in to the kauri industry and pioneering spirit which helped develop northland. Recommend asking one of the guides to give you a quick tour then take your time to enjoy the exhibitions. Ok for little kids but bring...More

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Fantastic museum. Very comprehensive and gives an excellent historical account of felling the kauri and the kauri gum diggers. Something for everyone. Very well maintained with working machinery and DVD's that work.! European history of the time is represented which is useful time perspective for...More

Thank Di A
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