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Address: 5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
Phone Number: +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 with some surprises

Visited the museum on our way down from Northland, using a discount coupon we had from our hotel, and was surprised at the size of it. Their collection of artefacts and gum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 October 2015
Macclesfield, Cheshire
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Macclesfield, Cheshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Visited the museum on our way down from Northland, using a discount coupon we had from our hotel, and was surprised at the size of it. Their collection of artefacts and gum collection is amazing and the room containing the carved gum pieces is dazzling in places. The rooms are well laid out with some of the buildings off the... More 

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

Visited the Kauri Museum after visiting the Waipoua forest on the north island. I'm glad we stopped. The museum has many different exhibits all centered around the kauri tree and its history. It showed how the trees were cut, and numerous pieces of beautiful furniture and other products from kauri tree. At the end of the tour, there is a... More 

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Gladstone, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

Great museum showcasing historical use of Kauri in New Zealand. Some great exhibits to be seen. At least several hours is required to take it in. Unfortunately our kids were a bit young to take in all the info and the youngest can't read putting them at a disadvantage. They found the computer on level 2 towards the end which... More 

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Addison, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Beautiful setting along the river with a replica kauri cutters camp. Traces the history of this once dominant industry and contains many artifacts made of kauri wood, some of them more interesting than others. Definitely worth a look especially if wood-turning and its results are of interest.

Thank twintx
Motueka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Our family easily spent 3 hours in the Museum. From the very start when we arrived and were warmly welcomed by a friendly helpful young man on reception all of family were interested to learn more about the Kauri industry. This was encouraged by a family decision to run a quiz night after the visit with the winner excused from... More 

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

You need 2 hours to get round this museum. A fantastic collection a huge range of historical information and artefacts, superbly presented in this community run museum. If you do nothing else in this area. do the museum visit - you wont be disappointed.

Thank CDW46
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

This museum is off the beaten track in Matakohe and so I wasn't expecting much. But I was blown away by the scope of this museum, and by the professionalism of the whole set-up. This museum tells the story of the kauri industry in Northland from beginning to end, with fantastic displays of kauri gum digging, a spectacular collection of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect here but I have to say it was quite superb! Full of history of the Kauri trees with lovely displays of past significant events as well as furniture etc made from the wood of the Kauri tree - very tempting to have the whole lot shipped home (if only!). After this we went to visit... More 

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Chartham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Of all the museums I have been too this one must rate amongst the most informative. It clearly defines to the visitor how kauri trees impacted upon the development of modern day New Zealand. Trees and timber are very boring subjects across all ages but this museum have made them interesting so be prepared to be amazed.

Thank Dave H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

First time ever going there and I was amazed at how much different things they had not just kauri but a lot of the machines they used and how people lived. I learned a lot today and will definitely will come for another visit.

Thank Kaden W

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