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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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An outstanding museum

Open 9 - 5 every day but Christmas Day. Allow a minimum couple of hours for this superb presentation of Kauri trees, Kauri Gum and the history of the gumdiggers.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 February 2016
Nelson, New Zealand
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Open 9 - 5 every day but Christmas Day. Allow a minimum couple of hours for this superb presentation of Kauri trees, Kauri Gum and the history of the gumdiggers.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

My friend Sandy heard that I was spending a night up in Matakohe on my way towards Cape Reinga. She suggested that I check out the Kauri Museum to look at the history of the logging industry and the Northlands of New Zealand. When I arrived I looked at the size (very large facility) and the cost which I thought... More 

Thank Terry F
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

Visited with our overseas visitors. This is a must for anyone visiting the winter less north. The working exhibits are nothing short of world class. Coffee shop across the road is well appointed and well stocked- try their home made pies

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Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

If you know nothing about Kauri's or the Forestry History of New Zealand, this is the museum for you. My husband was in his element and we spent a considerable amount of extra time here while he explored all the history. The gift shop was great to pick up a locally hand craved memento and the outside buildings were great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

There is a lot to see here so allow yourself plenty of time. The exhibits are very well laid out and it is very spacious . Hundreds of old photographs are very interesting and there is a lot of beautiful furniture made from Kauri wood. One of the best museums I have been to, well worth a visit. There is... More 

Thank Wendy H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

We had to rush this through, having underestimated the museum's scope. Very nice kauri, gum and historical displays. We spent an hour, which wasn't enough. For the price, you'd be better taking a leisurely look.

Thank Anita G
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Knew nothing about Kauri until we visited this place. Now we know more except why the original forest trees ended up in the swamp some 45000 years ago. Interesting in many ways, how they were almost killed off by us last century, their shear size, their harvesting and uses and the people that exploited them. This in the place to... More 

Thank Mike T
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

What an interesting place! Learnt so much about the magnificent kauri tree and its role in NZ's and the world's history. Just make sure you set aside at least 2 hours to see it all. We stayed for 4 hours because there was so much. My wife and I, and our young kids found it amazing and entertaining. Recommended!!!

Thank John P
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

One of the best museums in New Zealand, well worth visiting and spending a few hours. Extremely informative.

Thank Rob K
Holmrook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

The Kauri Museum is a must for everyone passing through this area. Expensive you may think, but great value for money. You could spend a whole morning, or afternoon taking in all the interesting history of this fantastic subject. Café opposite which has food for all tastes. A must to visit.

Thank Sylvia C

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