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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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Travelling back from touring holiday ,decided to visit this Museum, So glad we did ! it was absolutely amazing and extremely interesting ,well worth visiting.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 December 2015
Rodney B
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

Travelling back from touring holiday ,decided to visit this Museum, So glad we did ! it was absolutely amazing and extremely interesting ,well worth visiting.

Thank Rodney B
Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the museum. We had initially been reluctant because of the steep (to us Canucks) admission of $25 each however the price was made sweeter by a free tour at 1:30pm. The place really came alive with Kay's commentary. We learned a lot about the kauri, and this set us up well for the next... More 

Thank Janet A
Chiang Mai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

This is one of the very best museums I have visited! Sadly we only had two hours here which was not enough, it would have been easy to spend twice that time at the Kauri Museum. This museum is is extremely well designed and the displays are interesting, informative and beautiful. The variety included helps give an over all feel... More 

Thank KevinLJ_ChiangMai
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

We were short of time when we arrived, but thanks to staff we managed to see it all. Highly recommend a visit here. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Bryan E
Northland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

Having initially thought that a visit to a museum that's dedicated to Kauri trees might be about as exciting as slipping into a coma, I have been more than pleasantly surprised by what this attraction has to offer! I resolutely retract every first impression I may have ever had, before actually visiting! I'm now a HUGE fan of the Kauri... More 

Thank Simone F
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit. Highly recommend. Everything was lovely and displayed well. All really nice things and well worth it

Thank hellebee
St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

We had no idea this museum exists, but it was on our tour and we visited it. Amazing! It's a huge place with too many exhibits to look at in only an hour or so, and they're very well done with life-size dioramas, working machinery, and more. The gift shop has some fabulous but affordable little boxes and photo frames... More 

Thank John M
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

An excellent collection of information, artefacts and displays. The first half of the museum which focuses on the Kauri collection process and products as fascinating. Others in my group enjoyed this far more than I did and could have spent longer than we ended up spending there, The quilt display/sale in the middle of the museum threw us all off... More 

Thank Tobeconspicuous
Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

This museum is a beautiful building set in the west coast of Northland in Matakohe . Its stunning surrounding scenery make you wonder about the European settlers who cut down the kauri for building and extracted gum from the trees ,inside you will find information on the size of the huge Kauri that even eclipsed the girth of the mighty... More 

Thank David A
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

On our way to the Bay of Islands we made a detour to travel up Highway 12 to visit this museum. Well worth the trip but a bit pricey. The museum gives an in depth look into the history of logging of the kauri tree in the area. A fascinating room in the basement showcases the resin from the tree... More 

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