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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Story of New Zealand's oldest living resident 'The Kauri Tree'
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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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“early settlers” (26 reviews)
“post office” (24 reviews)
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
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"new zealand"
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"early settlers"
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"across the road"
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"couple of hours"
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"on display"
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"stayed longer"
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"gift shop"
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"entry fee"
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"we spent hours"
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"nice cafe"
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"early days"
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"well worth the visit"
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"amazing collection"
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"magnificent trees"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the museum. We are family with boys between 7-11years. They loved it! Wonderful history, live workings of saw mill equipment, great hands on experience. This is a must when tripping past Wellsford!

Thank Stoney41
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The displays are really amazing and give you an excellent understanding of how people lived during the pioneering days in New Zealand. it is a little expensive but well worth a visit

Thank kiwi572014
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really a most brilliant, absorbing display of all things kauri, from gum digging, to milling and house building, with other interesting things like horse racing memorabilia thrown in for good measure. Time is about the only limiting feature, and the museum is worth every cent...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a gem could spend hours there. A must do if you are up north more so if you are going to see the live Kauris. The "active" sawmills are great, and the lay out and exhibits are world class. Staff are very friendly and...More

Thank cockies2017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here many years ago and found it much improved and greatly expanded. We enjoyed the section on the kauri gum as well as the section on Tudor’s photography - how wonderful to have these historic photos to show the timber cutting days. The...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped in year mid day thinking it would take maybe an afternoon to see everything. This museum is amazing. It covers an enormous area and has amazing exhibits. It has been added to over many years and is run by volunteers. We decided to...More

1  Thank Abfab28
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Such an interesting place. Who would've thought wood would be so groovy? There were giant Kauri logs, tables, carvings, huge chain saws, old machinery. There were allot more exhibits than I had expected.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

On our recent trip to the Bay of Islands we made the effort to go West from Highway 1 to see this museum. I am very pleased we did. This tree is of great significance to the history of this country and this museum gives...More

1  Thank Graham G
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Fromoutside doesn't look very big andI thought what can be so interesting about a tree! Well I came out enlightened with the history and facts about this huge tree and its uses and the abuses of it over time. Amazing examaples of items made from...More

Thank Jodian
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Thought we might be here for half an hour ... three hours later and we still could have stayed longer! There is so much to see, and such a lot of interesting, working displays. No expense has been spared setting up all the different exhibits,...More

1  Thank Kiwibabyboomer56
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