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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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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

I visited the museum over 20 years ago and was amazed at the co!!section of Kauri and history then. The museum has had a major facelift and upgrade and is amazing with the information and displays. A must see when traveling the Kauri Coast

Thank Gaylene R
Reviewed 23 May 2016

you will need at least 2 hrs to visit, so much to see and do. I took my family of 5 here and there was interactive things to do as well as lots of reading, So worthwhile, great for home schooling children for history lessons

Thank Kimmi7168
Reviewed 19 May 2016

This is a wonderful museum, superbly laid out and very interesting. You learn all about the Kauri tree and the early pioneers and how they lived. There is some fabulous furniture on display made out of the Kauri wood. Downstairs there is a room displaying...More

Thank Carol M
Reviewed 17 May 2016

We drove from Paihia through beautiful countryside to this museum. This museum features displays centred on the Kauri Tree, its timber and fabulous gum display (amber) and tells the story of the early pioneers in New Zealand. Also on site a Post Office from 1909...More

Thank deewubleu
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Visited the Museum while on a tour of New Zealand, we only had an hour & half which included having lunch so it was a quick look around. Could easily have spent a lot longer here to take in all the beautiful exhibits especially the...More

Thank ikedeb
Reviewed 8 May 2016

We went on advice from others to see the Kauri furniture. The Kauri gum display is truly amazing - the gum just glows. We used information learned there to explore the Kauri Coast and the gum fields all the way to the Cape.

Thank 247Rose
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Would not have known about this Museum if I had not picked up a brochure left behind by someone in our motel room. It completely covers the history of the Kauri tree and its pioneers. It has fantastic displays of real exhibits of how the...More

Thank puppygold
Reviewed 30 April 2016

This museum is very well laid out and deals with the early days of kauri tree felling, recovering kauri from swamps and the history of kauri gum and gum diggers. They have a good selection of mechanical artifacts dating from the very early days, some...More

Thank Jorneyman
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Was told to come here by my work mate and didn't really think I would enjoy it but found it really interesting. Massive building, heaps of cool stuff to look at and working machinery. Gift shop a wee bit expensive but I guess that's normal...More

Thank Animal_Yarns
Reviewed 28 April 2016

I knew of the museum's reputation but it was even better than expected. The amount of exhibits was quite astounding - it would be easy to spend hours there. I enjoyed it and will be back to see more.

Thank Dimps575
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