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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, RD 1, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
64 9 431 7417
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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)
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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The Kauri Museum was a very pleasant and worthwhile experience. A thorough picture of the early logging industry was cleverly pictured. It was easy to get a feel of the huge trees that were cut down and the effort to utilize the resources in the area. Flow of the exhibits was well done. Worth going out of the way to... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

$25 entrance fee - does it worth it? "Absolutely" is my answer. The hallway decorated with descriptive artworks mounted in kauri frames or pedestals started our investigation into the kauri world. I am not a wood person but this visit has opened up my view. It isn't just the beauty but the historical side that has changed my attitude towards... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The Skinny: Parking- free paved lot Time- 2 to 3 hours Entry- $25 pp Gift shop- very $$$ Restrooms- clean Staff- friendly We had just visited the Waipoua Forest and got to see the largest kauri trees left (really magnificent) and I thought this museum would be more about the trees and conservation etc but it really is all about... More 

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Kaurimuseum, Chief Executive Officer at The Kauri Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. All feedback through Trip Advisor and other channels is taken on board and is considered during our planning for programing and gallery renewal activities. The Kauri Museum was founded to tell the story and heritage of our pioneering settlers through the lens of the Kauri Timber and gum industries. Lessons from the past help inform... More 

Chislehurst, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This museum was very interesting with lots of information about the trees and how the gum was extracted/mined. There were hundreds of examples of different pieces of wood and gum. There was also a exhibition of quilting when we were there which had some lovely patterns.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

What a lovely museum this is, lots of fascinating information about the Kauri forests and how they used to fell and cut the timber, also they have a whole room dedicated to Amber found in the Kauri forests. But there is much more to see with period rooms and short movies to watch as well as a host of other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This was a fascinating place. It turned out to be a larger museum that it appeared from the street - everything you want to know and see about Kauri timber and its products.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

On a local friend's recommendation, we stopped here on the way from the Northland to Lake Taupo, but this exceptional museum is well worth a separate trip. We were prepared for the sort of "area's attic" that describes many regional museums. Instead, we found exhibits that brought to life what it was like to live and work here here at... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A member of staff, dressed in period clothing (mid 1800's), gave us a very interesting and informative talk at the beginning of our visit. This was followed by a self-directed walk through an expansive collection of historical exhibits. I was a member of a sizable tour group. The staff was helpful and accommodating. As we walked through the exhibits we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Museum well designed, very well made reconstitution (some in action !) which inform about the life and the work in 19th century. The small movies are concise and very clear. Beautiful photos. However the price is too high.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We enjoyed this museum very much. It has thousands of displays spread out over several different areas. There is an operational machinery wing which fascinated my husband. The museum is designed in a very good manner, easy to get around and is very informative. I would recommend this attraction but make sure you have several hours to tour it as... More 

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