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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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Intended to spend a few hours here, however, Well designed exhibits, highly informative narratives and great historic photos and movies, kept us here for approx 5 hours. There is... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2016
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Reviewed 19 March 2016

Intended to spend a few hours here, however, Well designed exhibits, highly informative narratives and great historic photos and movies, kept us here for approx 5 hours. There is so much to see here, such an awesome journey through time. Hundreds of Look-a-like mannequins of "real people" tell their own personalised stories, of how they helped clear the earth of... More 

Thank limousin01
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Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

As well as being informative on the kauri and its botanical development, the museum is overly comprehensive on the destruction by humans of large swathes of the forests. Personally I found the latter part overly large and not that well organised.

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 9 March 2016

A wonderful place to visit. Very interesting. Learning how they used to work with the wood then it must have been very hard.

Thank Irene L
Pembroke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

This is really worth a visit but leave plenty of time to have a good look round. The Kauri trees were really massive and very impressive. They are protected now and the wood they are using is reclaimed from trees which fell thousands of years ago. This museum had a full scale boarding house in it as well as other... More 

Thank floratheexplorer2016
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

There is so much to see in this museum that one cannot simply do it in just a couple of hours. The pass is valid all day so you can take a break and grab lunch....great idea! You'll need it! There is so much interesting history you'll be sorry you didn't plan for more time if you're not prepared.

Thank KMayATX
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

It is a bit of a memorial to local pioneers, and yet it can still fascinate for at least an hour. The museum has a very large collection of items made with kauri wood, a thorough explanation of how kauri trees were logged, and lots of information on the history of the area since European settlement.

Thank Julie S
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

We actually found a half price deal for this museum - 2 for $25. We could only spare 2 hours and could have spent the entire day here. The amber and kauri collections were especially interesting to us. Staff was friendly and helpful. My husband regretted not buying that hat in the gift shop :(

Thank JoKen M
Midlands UK
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Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

This was a repeat visit after an all too short one 5 years ago.. We set aside most of a day and it was a delight. The exhibits are wonderful and the story they tell about the early development of the Kauri industry is fascinating. The highlight of the trip was a talking tour given by the daughter of the... More 

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Reviewed 29 February 2016

This museum is fantastic. Besides a complete history of the Kauri tree before and after the arrival of Europeans, it also contains many examples of the huge trees, planks cut from them, exhibits demonstrating the sizes of some of them, and beautiful furniture and artwork made from them. There is also a huge sawmill display and information and other equipment... More 

Thank hereandtherephotos
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 February 2016

A great place to learn about the history of the great Kauri forests of Northland. The museum includes some well maintained old buildings from the local township and an excellent cafe. Well worth a visit but ensure you have plenty of time in your itinerary.

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