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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
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"new zealand"
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"across the road"
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"post office"
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"early settlers"
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"couple of hours"
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"on display"
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"gift shop"
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"north island"
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"entry fee"
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"nice cafe"
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"early days"
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"well worth the visit"
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"magnificent trees"
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"amazing collection"
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"take your time"
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"gum diggers"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see, it has an extensive overview of the Kauri Logging history, Kauri Gum and the general life and conditions of associated Kauri timber industry families with interactive displays of timber milling. Prior to visiting this Museum we did the Footprints Waipoua Twlight Encounter...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you go this way, make this a must stop. New Zealand has the Kauri Tree. When New Zealand was discovered by the outside world, of course they looked for everything they could export and sell. This is a history of the Kauri Tree, everything...More

Thank KentPotts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The work that has gone into this museum is astounding. It’s got history, still life mannequins modelled from real locals. Real rooms and spaces removed or saved from demolition including a complete sawmill. The wood is beautiful and shown in all its stages. Lots of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most extensive collections, homes of the pioneer life, Kauri logging, timber milling, swap kauri absolutely blows your mind of the age being found up to 45,000 ys old. Kauri gum, crafts, and those gum diggers pieces found amazing. Showing trees of yesterear....More

Thank Amanda N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't praise these people enough. We visited this after our night's stay at Matakohe. We had no idea that they would so willingly go out of their way to correspond with us after our trip about our little request for information about Dad's father...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was a bit doubtful the Kauri Museum would be worth the $25 entry fee but to my surprise it actually was. It's incredibly comprehensive, covering every possible aspect of the industries which grew up around kauri, and the people who came to Northland to...More

Thank Joanne H
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

This is one of the most comprehensive and superbly presently museums that I have had the pleasure of visiting. Luckily we were warned to ensure we had around 3 hours to spare. There was so much to take in that a second visit is a...More

Thank PRMCMUNN
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

I'm not a huge museum fan in general but I absolutely loved the Kauri museum, all the old photos and large number of old exhibits that you can see and touch with manichans reinacting scenes really bring it to life what it would have been...More

Thank Propertyguy01
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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Excellent if Anglocentric museum. A lot to see including a magnificent collection of Kauri 'amber' (They call it gum). Highly informative with fascinating range of machinery used over the years. We were late getting there and felt we should have spent at least 4-5 hours...More

Thank Graham H
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

The museum was very detailed, but too many static displays for Mr 5 and 7 to engage in. Would not recommend for active children. An educational way to spend half a day to make the entry fee worth it!!

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