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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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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)
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
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"we spent hours"
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"nice cafe"
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Reviewed November 10, 2016 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...More

Thank Karen1CUA
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Reviewed November 6, 2016

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...More

Thank Diane W
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Reviewed November 6, 2016

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...More

Thank Holly D
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

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.

Thank Swisskiwis2015
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

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...More

Thank Edna R
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Reviewed November 1, 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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Reviewed October 31, 2016

We have driven past this Kauri Museum on our way to family in Dargaville and have never stopped. Wish we had - this place is amazing. It is mind-blowing how the displays are set out, the absolutely interestingly set out artefacts - it is WAY...More

Thank tonyandwendy2016
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Reviewed October 28, 2016

This is a very well presented, interesting museum covering all aspects of the kauri logging era. A must visit, give yourself plenty of time. Very life like displays, providing good knowledge and memories for old and young. I will certainly visit again.

Thank jan r
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Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

This museum is well worth a visit. Entry fee $25 each. We arrived just as the 1.30pm guided tour started so we tagged along (no extra charge). The guide was absolutely passionate about kauri, the museum, the many people who had donated exhibits, and the...More

Thank BigZed52
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Reviewed October 26, 2016

If you like looking at wood grain and gum carving, this is the place for you. I was amazed by the variation and diversity for both the wood and Kauri gum collections. The museum also has a few rooms set up to represent different periods...More

Thank Anna C
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