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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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Great Museum for Early NZ History

An exceptionally well laid out and informative museum. The items on display bring to life the work and equipment that was required to be carried out and used in the timber... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lynette W
Bray Park, Australia
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Bray Park, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An exceptionally well laid out and informative museum. The items on display bring to life the work and equipment that was required to be carried out and used in the timber industry. There are some really stunning exhibits on display relating to both Kauri wood and gum. Working Steam engine, and almost true to life dummies, so you can understand... More 

Thank Lynette W
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

$25.00 per person is quite steep but I guess the overseas visitors in tour groups keep the numbers up. I appreciate the cost to keep it going but maybe a grant from government can keep the local tourists coming.

Kaurimuseum, General Manager at The Kauri Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and suggestions for sustainable funding options. Unfortunately in New Zealand, it is only our national museum that is eligible for operational funding through the government. Our regional museum's often rely on funding assistance at a local council level and in a number of cases (like our own) this is... More 

Keswick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Must be best museum in the world about a particular type/species of tree .I know it sounds boring but believe me it isnt You will be enthralled by the history of these giant trees.and want to spend more time here than you expected/ anticipated

Thank nedrow5791
London, Canada
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic place, so much history, so much to take in. Needs at least 2 hours. Excellent photos and so many stunning kauri furniture pieces. So great that the mannequins are of local folk. Wish we had another day to go back and browse some more. Excellent food at the Gumdiggers Cafe.

Thank Laura J
Newtown, Mid Wales
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

On our way up to visit the Waipoua Kauri Forest, we called in to visit this amazing museum. All undercover, which was welcome due to the pouring rain when we arrived, the museum gave us a fascinating glimpse of what life was like long ago for the foresters who lived and worked in the forest harvesting the trees. There are... More 

Thank Alan H
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

The size and scope of this museum would be impressive in a large city let alone a small NZ regional town. Great for a rainy day. The amount of work volunteers have put into this museum is startling. The amber display is remarkable.

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Who would think you could spend 4 hours in a museum basically about wood. Well in this museum you can. All about the history of Kauri logging, some superb furniture and lots more

Thank Chris K
Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

This was a rainy day visit because we did not think it would interesting. Wrong it was really good, informative and a lot bigger than I imagined it would be. There was large building devoted to different aspects of the logging and the lives of the loggers. One building had the plank of the largest tree ever felled hanging from... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Very interesting. It is totally about the Kauri Tree. Very informative . I don't generally enjoy museums but this was fascinating.

Thank Janette W
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

the Pioneer Room held within the kauri museum was a highlight of a 10 day far north road trip with my husband. what an absolute treasure trove of history! the entire museum and its surrounding buildings are a kiwi treasure and a must see if you're in the area.

Thank ScrappySueNZ

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