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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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So much to see

Other reviewers have said this, but you really do need a whole day here, there is so much to see. It is very well laid out with lots of information on the exhibits. Lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Janine B
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Other reviewers have said this, but you really do need a whole day here, there is so much to see. It is very well laid out with lots of information on the exhibits. Lots of variety means all the family will be catered for, something for everyone. The sawmill and log hauler are excellent, the gum room has some wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I can not recommend this museum enough. We spent an afternoon here in late December, & went back the next day for nearly the whole day & still did not see everything. It was a trip back in time and the presentation has been lovingly put together. A team of volunteers work tirelessly to keep the exhibition immaculate. Truly worth... More 

Thank Joyce L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an amazing place!! We spent over 3 hours here. Personal favourite room was the gum room. The museum would interest people who like natural wonders as well as pioneering and machinery. Very friendly staff. A must do in the area, well worth it!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum has huge replica sawmill equipment and very old very large Kauri logs. There is beautiful old Kauri and native timber furniture, carved Kauri and Kauri gun exhibits and many many photos of the old days in the bush. You need at least 2 hours and depending on your personality could spend 4 or 5 here. The welcoming staff... More 

Thank Ianleigh M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't really understand the colonial history of the area without visiting this museum. Makes you appreciate the hardship of the early European pioneers and causes you to reflect on the similar stories of the early settlers back in Australia. Good to follow up with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty museum to get a balanced view of early NZ... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kauri Museum provides a fascinating history into New Zealand's past, told through the Kauri. There are many interesting things and rooms to see, so set aside a few hours for the experience. The surrounding grounds are also great for a nice stroll, including the church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great insight into the pioneers of the logging of the massive Kauri trees that grew in this area of NZ. Take the time to read the transcripts of the photos and appreciate the challenges faced. There are many other historical artifacts setup to replicate daily life. The working displays of saw milling and small engines are excellent.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really big exhibition with lots of interesting things to see - machines, historic photos, kauri gum and lot more. Really worth the trip although it is slightly expensive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting museum about the kauri tree extermination and the tough life of the gumdiggers and bushmen. Samples of kauri trees with their C14 dating. Many photos of the time. Slice of a (sick) kauri tree from the stump to the crown with photos explaining how the tree was fell. Highly recommend the visit. I spent 3 hours in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been a few years since our last visit. Some changes had been made. Smaller shop more exhibits. You need to allow yourself plenty of time to get the best out of your visit. Although we had visited before we still spent 3 hours wondering around. On the day we visited it was quite quiet so easy to get around all... More 

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