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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 10 April 2016 via mobile

I was surprised to see how much this museum has grown since i was there last almost 17 years ago. The museum was great back then and now it is even better. The boarding house replica has been well done and was my favorite part...More

Thank loyalaznz
Reviewed 10 April 2016

If your looking for a special museum, you have for sure to visite the Kauri Museum. It's a travel back in history to the glory days of Kauri Logging and Gum Digging. The museum has a rich collection of photos, which illustrate the hard work...More

Thank kaeline71
Reviewed 10 April 2016

This museum houses parts of one of the worlds largest trees, and covers logging, to gum or amber collections to how to tell the age of trees, to how many homes can be built from one tree. It's all about the trees that begin with...More

Thank NickiG555
Reviewed 8 April 2016

we spent about 3 hours in this museum - it is so interesting - so many exhibits to look at, there has to be something to interest everyone - we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and feel it should feature on everyones itinerary on NZ!

Thank HampshireSally
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Museum is very good at explaining the importance of the Kauri tree and how it's used. It may not be on everyone's itinerary, but include it if you are in the area and are going to visit the Kauri forest. The museum is easy to...More

Thank Ibyke
Reviewed 1 April 2016

This Museum is one of the finest I have ever visited. As a rule museums are not my most favourite attractions but this one is the exception. It has the most amazing Kauri timber and gum exhibits and all the relevant machinery. I am a...More

Thank 122pju
Reviewed 31 March 2016

This museum is much much more than its name suggests. It is packed full of beautiful artefacts from local families, providing a history of early NZ life through their dependence on the Kauri trees. The examples of craftsmanship and the extraordinary machinery and equipment used...More

Thank Caroline W
Reviewed 29 March 2016

This is a magnificent museum to visit. It tells the story of the of the Kauri tree, it's gum and the pioneers who settled in New Zealand. There is a magnificent staircase which is very tactile and many displays showing equipment, a large collection of...More

Thank Bibley
Reviewed 27 March 2016

This place is magnificant. The Kauri room is like looking at carved gold. The dispays of early forestry and the huge kauri logs are really something. One could easily spend a whole day just wondering through all the exhibitions. This museum is a 'must' for...More

Thank Robin S
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Just as advertised the Kauri museum "tells the life of local pioneers through the theme of the nighty Kauri tree." Sadly they cut down 97% of these giant trees. We arrived at 4pm and only managed to scratch the surface of what is there so...More

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