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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)
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  • Poor1%
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Arrived here late on a Thursday evening by camper van and freedom camped in the parking lot. Very quiet and no traffic. Visited the museum the next morning. Very informative and interesting displays. Plenty to keep all ages interested in the history of the harvesting...More

Thank SK1162
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Informative, well-laid out, museum. Very well preserved/maintained exhibits throughout. We only wish we'd had more time to spend to read every single exhibit, but we had a 4-hr drive ahead of us so had to hit the road!

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 10 September 2017

A very realistic depiction of early pioneering days in New Zealand. The size of some of the Kauri logs is simply astounding. A good range of artifacts for sale and very helpful staff

Thank Nigel L
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This place is like an Aladdin's cave for the timber industry of this part of New Zealand and is well worth a visit. Very informative and user friendly. So interesting to see the techniques used by the loggers in this part of the world and...More

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We can't review this museum, because the $50 entry fee for the two of us was just a bit too steep. Instead we visited the Dargaville museum ($30 for 2) and loved the passionate people we met who had lived the history, and we appreciated...More

1  Thank Veeko9512
Kaurimuseum, General Manager at The Kauri Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Firstly I would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback, if not about the experience, then about your decision not to visit The Kauri Museum. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time at the Dargaville Museum. We agree...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

We visited this on our way to Waipolia forest area and are very glad we did, as it gave us a very comprehensive overview of the kauri trees, the forest industry plus the hardships faced of which we as visitors from The Netherlands knew next...More

Thank clj23
Reviewed 3 August 2017

I was recommended to visit this museum as I toured down the west coast and the Waipolia forest area. Having not known of the Kauri before I stopped and explored the outer buildings before venturing in, the price struck me as high even as a...More

Thank RockhavenBL
Reviewed 1 August 2017

First off, this place needs heating! It's freezing in July and apart from the initial foyer, that place will freeze your butt off! The actual story of the Kauri and seeing all the magical works of art with the trees and the gum were amazing....More

Thank SandiPandy
Kaurimuseum, General Manager at The Kauri Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Kia ora Sandi, Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your experience. We take all constructive feedback on board and will keep this in mind during any planned gallery renewal moving into the future. Kind regards, Lisa Tolich Chief Executive

Reviewed 31 July 2017

This was an excellent museum. Of course it was about the Kauri, but the museum told a much wider story about the trials, hardships and ingenuity of the early settlers in the region. They have also put a lot of effort in setting up and...More

Thank JANDC47
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Must be honest and say that I'd never heard of a Kauri tree but it is such a big part of this region. This is a very impressive museum which tells you everything you want to know. So many museums you wander around, look at...More

Thank Hillsider17
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