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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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Fantasticly interesting, and so much to see and do!

What an interesting place! Learnt so much about the magnificent kauri tree and its role in NZ's and the world's history. Just make sure you set aside at least 2 hours to see it... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2016
John P
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

What an interesting place! Learnt so much about the magnificent kauri tree and its role in NZ's and the world's history. Just make sure you set aside at least 2 hours to see it all. We stayed for 4 hours because there was so much. My wife and I, and our young kids found it amazing and entertaining. Recommended!!!

Thank John P
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

One of the best museums in New Zealand, well worth visiting and spending a few hours. Extremely informative.

Thank Rob K
Holmrook, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2016

The Kauri Museum is a must for everyone passing through this area. Expensive you may think, but great value for money. You could spend a whole morning, or afternoon taking in all the interesting history of this fantastic subject. Café opposite which has food for all tastes. A must to visit.

Thank Sylvia C
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

Amazing collection of Kauri history and items from the past. You can spend a long time walking around this wonderful museum. Well maintained and really friendly staff.

Thank Stuckie67
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Someone had an amazing vision and was able to implement it. The Kauri museum is extensive with many different sections. I loved it.

Thank BrendaandVince
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

If you are like me: you will love it. If you are like my wife, you will go to the coffee shop across the road, settle down, and wait for your partner and family. I spent almost 3 hours there and I could have stayed longer. The museum is spread out over several buildings and levels. Focused on the kauri... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2016

This place is awesome. Even my museum wary wife enjoyed it for 3 hours. I went back on the next day to finish off. You could easily fill a day here.

Thank peng1nz
Sunshine Coast, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

A beautifully maintained museum. I thoroughly enjoyed it and reading about the history of gum digging by the Dalmatian immigrants. Well worth a look

Thank Jane_Scott67
Korumburra, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 January 2016

This is the best museum I have been to. The models are so life like, based on real people. The displays are great and many are walk through so you can really get into the history

Thank Jeff G
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Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

We visited the Kauri Museum on our way from Paihia to Hamilton - a short detour of about 20 minutes - as we didn't have time to visit the Kauri Forest on this trip. Set amongst some very attractive historic buildings, the early part of the museum is a little daunting (a room full of furniture and another containing racing... More 

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