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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)
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

It's a bit out of the way but a "must see" for visitors to Northland. Kauri trees are a vital part of New Zealand's history, sadly now much culled for their timber although remaining large ones are now protected. The museum makes a great finish...More

Thank NZMDProf
Reviewed 25 April 2017

This is a great museum, if you enjoy big trees and/or history. The exhibits are very comprehensive and I would think all ages would enjoy something there, although we had only adults. There is a display of sawmill equipment that actually has moving parts. We...More

Thank birderPa
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

A good museum to visit and full of history, exhibitions and displays. Certainly allow several hours to do this properly.

Thank DaveDogNZ
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

We were driving back to Auckland on SH 16 and saw the sign for the museum. This was a fantastic stop. They have so many displays of all kind of antique equipment and future from the early days of the development of NZ . You...More

Thank Bill Y
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We stopped here and initially saw the quaint old school, church, post office and telephone exchange. Then we visited what appeared to be a shop front museum. The menu sum was an absolute tardis out back, with amazing exhibits and throughly interesting information all about...More

Thank David_Tracey
Reviewed 13 April 2017

One of the best and most interesting places we visited. Our second time here, first back in January 2011 and then again in February 2016. Just fabulous and the amazing collection of Kauri gum is the worlds finest. Can't praise this museum too highly.

Thank clarkebarkes1945
Reviewed 12 April 2017

A hidden gem. Fantastic museum with full sized working engines, realistic sounds and excellent models of the workers. We spent about three and half hours there and rated it as one of the best museums we have visited. We thought that NZD25 represented good value...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The Kauri is a tree found in a very limited area of New Zealand that spawned an enormous economy around its harvest. The Kauri tree is essentially knot free and huge, the result being not only incredible strength but the finish and grain of the...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017

Well worth a stop and visit to this museum. It's full of history on the Kauri timber as well as other things from around the area. The products are carefully hand and machine made professionally. It would have been very strenuous work in the old...More

Thank 4x4wheelers
Reviewed 9 April 2017

An exceptionally well laid out and informative museum. The items on display bring to life the work and equipment that was required to be carried out and used in the timber industry. There are some really stunning exhibits on display relating to both Kauri wood...More

Thank Lynette W
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