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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 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

2  Thank JB-San-Mateo
Reviewed 20 March 2016

We were lucky to have an excellent guide (Peter) who gave us a first hand tour of teh exhibition. He had hands on experience of nearly every thing, finding Kauri gum, knowing the saw mills and equipment. Everything came to life. His tour was fairly...More

Thank Hapmic
Reviewed 20 March 2016

We stopped here on the way south from Waipoua. Way more than we were expecting. Great displays of furniture produced in the country from kauri. Also great display on the logging practices from 100 years ago, including massive working machinery from the mills. A collection...More

Thank gatordoc
Reviewed 19 March 2016

Intended to spend a few hours here, however, Well designed exhibits, highly informative narratives and great historic photos and movies, kept us here for approx 5 hours. There is so much to see here, such an awesome journey through time. Hundreds of Look-a-like mannequins of...More

Thank limousin01
Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

As well as being informative on the kauri and its botanical development, the museum is overly comprehensive on the destruction by humans of large swathes of the forests. Personally I found the latter part overly large and not that well organised.

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 9 March 2016

A wonderful place to visit. Very interesting. Learning how they used to work with the wood then it must have been very hard.

Thank Irene L
Reviewed 7 March 2016

This is really worth a visit but leave plenty of time to have a good look round. The Kauri trees were really massive and very impressive. They are protected now and the wood they are using is reclaimed from trees which fell thousands of years...More

Thank floratheexplorer2016
Reviewed 6 March 2016

There is so much to see in this museum that one cannot simply do it in just a couple of hours. The pass is valid all day so you can take a break and grab lunch....great idea! You'll need it! There is so much interesting...More

Thank KMayATX
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