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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Private Tour: 5-Day Auckland and Bay of Islands Trip
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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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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

Was told to come here by my work mate and didn't really think I would enjoy it but found it really interesting. Massive building, heaps of cool stuff to look at and working machinery. Gift shop a wee bit expensive but I guess that's normal...More

Thank Animal_Yarns
Reviewed 28 April 2016

I knew of the museum's reputation but it was even better than expected. The amount of exhibits was quite astounding - it would be easy to spend hours there. I enjoyed it and will be back to see more.

Thank Dimps575
Reviewed 26 April 2016

This museum is packed with history and exhibits and everything you would ever want to know about kauri and pioneer life. If there was ever a museum that can be almost too much, this is it. While I like to quickly skim over and move...More

Thank Avalonavalon
Reviewed 24 April 2016

This museum is well advertised but I think all too often overlooked by some. It should be top of the list! Run largely by volunteers from the local community it has an amazing collection of photos, films, displays and equipment that tell the story of...More

Thank Timothy9999
Reviewed 24 April 2016

All the high praise we heard before visiting was borne out during the three hours we spent fully immersed in history, biology, and sociology. Our favorite thing in any museum is old photographs, and the Kauri Museum delivered, with large reproductions of old prints throughout....More

Thank LandCruisers
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Brilliantly conceived and displayed artfully. So many creative objects both artistic and homemade. Their displays brought to life the early settlements and viewing the artisans collection and wood samples a real treat.

Thank Mary J
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This museum is a tribute to the organisers and staff. The exhibits show the means and machinery used to turn the kauri trees into timber for construction, boat building and furniture. Fortunately some of the kauri forests have been preserved and are also well worth...More

Thank JohnSilvertown
Reviewed 20 April 2016

I really liked kauri museum that gave nice perspective in the history of New Zealand and not only from the point of view of Kauri forests. However, also Kauri-history and nice set up I the museum helped to make us a rescue for Kauri forests.

Thank Juhani K
Reviewed 17 April 2016

A wonderful museum, recording the history of Northland and the part the massive kauri tree played in it. Well presented, with a good flow through the exhibits. Friendly staff.

Thank Rafi46
Reviewed 17 April 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this museum. There is so much to see and it is extremely well set out and displayed. Many of the displays were interactive which just added more interest. You came away with a clearer understanding of what life must...More

Thank AussieSuzie53
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