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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
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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wasn't expecting much so I was surprised to see how awesome this museum was. There was so much to see and learn. Unfortunately we didn't allow ourselves enough time so we started from the back and worked our way to the front. We though 30 minutes would be plenty but 3 hours is what we would have needed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Visited this museum on the second day of a three week trip to New Zealand's North Island. I knew nothing about Kauri trees before hand but boy did I learn a lot! The first part of the museum you go through contains some wonderful pieces of furniture made from Kauri wood. You are then taken to an area where you... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We were amazed by the quality and quantity of items and displays this museum offered. The staff and supporters have done an outstanding job to bring the history of this area alive. Would thoroughly recommend this attraction to all.

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Having seen the largest living kauri tree in New Zealand it seemed a good idea to pop into the museum to see more about these giants which once dominated the landscape. Entry was $25 (£13) per adult which we thought was too expensive albeit it’s a large site and no doubt costs a bit to maintain (but also gets lots... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Make this a "really should see" if you are anywhere near this area. The Museum, is so much more than just a Museum, and actually so much more than just a Kauri Museum. The attraction covers a large area, gives great detail about the way the Kauri tree has changed and influenced NZ fortunes, but is also gives a fantastic... More

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a wonderful experience. Whether you are interested in timber, craft & fine furniture, history or just generally curious you will find something interesting at the Kauri Museum. It is one of the best laid out displays of its type that I have seen... anywhere. Friendly and informative staff, and you can tell that everything is lovingly displayed and cared... More

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Each display is very interesting at this outstanding museum. We also bought beautiful items at the gift shop for family and were served by Candice who was delightful and helpful in finding extraordinary pieces as gifts for the home. Don't miss checking out this unique memorable experience.

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Ruawai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

best museum in NZ. Lifelike wax figures bring the history back to life. very well-presented, tells a good story well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Not to be missed on a visit to Northland. It's pricey at $25 per adult but when you allow for the time it takes to get around it all, it actually is worth it. Allow 2 hours to see it all at a leisurely pace.

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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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