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Address: 5 Church Road, RD 1, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 431 7417
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Description: The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating...
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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Kauri, kauri, kauri!

An astounding collection of all things kauri from the machinery and man power that felled the trees, the furniture it was made into and an amazing collection of gum. Completely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

An astounding collection of all things kauri from the machinery and man power that felled the trees, the furniture it was made into and an amazing collection of gum. Completely unexpected to find a museum of this size and quality in the middle of nowhere.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Having visited the Kauri forests, the museum was a great way to see how the timber was used and how it was such a part of the history of New Zealand. You need a few hours to really do the tour around the museum justice. It's a great way to see what life was like in the early days in... More 

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is an awe-inspiring, historic place to visit. Our guide was excellent. The Collection of kauri, antigues, machinery, pioneering settlers & buildings played such an important part of our early kiwi history. The displays are outstanding and incredibly detailed. It has been kept in incredible condition by many local volunteers. It is like visiting a mini village. The massive kauri... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Make sure you allow plenty of time to visit this museum, we spent 3hrs and could have stayed longer. There is something to suit everyone's taste. There is plenty to see and learn about the Kauri but there is also interactive displays of machinery a historical sawmill and a replica guest house, complete with guests. There is also plenty of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is a great museum with a lot of content, not only on the kauri tree but also colonial settlement. You will learn about the full process from felling the trees to processing them and uses in the household. A nice touch is that all of the models are based on actual people who lived and worked in the surrounding... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

It was quite dark in the museum so I have brightened my photos, somewhat interesting but not where I would go twice, The scary canoe is made from one 25m log and can carry 100 warriors. It was built in 1836 and given by Government to the Auckland Museum in 1885. January 2009 photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a wonderful museum with absolutely superb layout of Kauri trees and associated history. You will see and touch ancient Kauri wood going back as far as 30Million years and younger trees just a few thousand years old. The design of this museum is outstanding.... a must visit if you are in Northland and near the Kauri coast

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

So many things to see...but you need all day as there's so much. If you only have time to do one thing the gum room is a must! Visitors from UK will be familiar with much of the Victorian era exhibits but the interest is in the story of the settlers and uses for Kauri tree products.

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Visited as part of a tour group and an enlightened choice by the Tour Operator. Excellent guide with in-depth knowledge of the Kauri, its uses and its importance to the early settlers. and their efforts to survive. Marvelled at the uses of the Kauri and the 'can-do' attitude of the early settlers and timber workers, although nowadays it would be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

First Class, a must see. I must admit I had by-passed this museum on previous visits because I travelled from Paihia to Auckland. Both times and did not think I could spare time for a Kauri museum! gads How wrong I was. I never knew the hardship the early settlers had to endure to work/ survive.Also how they could tackle... More 

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Additional Information about The Kauri Museum

Address: 5 Church Road, RD 1, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 431 7417
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Matakohe
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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