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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, RD 1, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
64 9 431 7417
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Matakohe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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) « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We spent a couple of hours at the Kauri Museum but it could easily have been so much more. I am not usually a museum person but this has to be seen to be believed. The museum was huge and full of local artefacts and it gave us the perfect background for our trip along the Kauri Trail. The museum... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

At first we were a bit shocked at the price but honestly it is worth it. I think this is the best museum I have ever been too. We took our boys aged 3-5 and they loved it as well. There is so much to see - the collection is amazing. There are interactive bits where you press a button... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

How can I even begin to rate this place but honestly it is really one of the most fascinating museums I have ever been in, in my life. From the moment we stepped through the door in to the hands of one of the most talented and sincere customer representatives I have encountered "Tristan" the experience was brilliant. The museum... More

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Canterbury, NZ
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30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A very good museum to visit, lots of different features with audio, video & replica examples (ie cutting wood). You can see different varieties of native trees in varnished slabs, history of the area, fine pieces of kauri furniture & there is a room full of Kauri gum. A great place to visit, though kids were slightly bored as they... More

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Sydney
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27 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We arrived before the doors opened at 9.30am. We had a busy day planned & thought we would pop in here for an hour to break our journey. It was recommended to us by a friend's parents & they kept stressing how good it was, so we felt obliged to pop in just to show them photos that we had... More

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This museum was a delightful surprise for us. It was great, with history, hands-on exhibits, working machinery, period exhibits, depth and breadth of coverage of the Kauri wood, its uses and how it affected the region. We recommend it to everyone we hear is going to NZ. We have been to hundreds of museums around the world and this one... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is the most amazing musuem I have ever visited!!! We were greeted by Tristan who welcomed us and explained the layout of the place, plus the fact that our admission ticket was valid for 24 hours so we could spend some time there, then take a break in the cafe directly across the road for coffee or food, then... More

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Bundaberg, Australia
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105 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We visited the Kauri museum as part of a coach tour and were welcomed by a guide and given a very informative talk about the museum, the heritage, the Kauri timber and gum and then made our own way around the various displays including a working sawmill and Boarding house complete with mannequins, historical photographs, machinery, equipment and of course... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Every visitor to Northland should visit this museum. It affords a complete history of the Kauri Timber and Kauri Gum industry of Northland.Visitors should allow abit two hours to explore and appreciate all that the museum has to offer. An excellent cafe/resaturant is opposite together with an historical chapel in the next door cemetery.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Friends of ours living in NZ insisted we visit The Kauri Museum with them and we are so pleased that they did. This is a quite exceptional display of all things "Kauri" featuring a wonderful selection of historic photographs, the ambitious recreation of a working sawmill and boarding house. Really too many wonderful displays to mention them all. This isn't... More

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