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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Pattaya, Thailand
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Pattaya, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I have to say I have never been so bored in a museum! Not only is it an extortionate price to get ($25pp) but I spent probably half hour, 40 mins tops, walking around. It basically about logging times, with some creepy as mannequins thrown in for good measure. Maybe it's just because it doesn't interest me. It just seemed... More 

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Cardiff, Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This exhibition is quite simply superb. Kauri played an important role in the early years of European occupation after Cook reported on their suitability for ships' masts, and general timber purposes. These magnificent trees, some over a thousand years old, which can still be seen in the nearby Waipoua Forest, were ruthlessly logged out by the early settlers as they... More 

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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Huge museum -give yourself HOURS here. Plenty to see and do and huge amount of information to absorb about the Kauri museum. Ironically on the same day we visited a petition was going out to save a Kauri tree in Auckland threatened by developers. The museum kinda brought it home about the histroy of these fabulous tress and the whole... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We both really enjoyed this museum. I cannot believe the extent of items on display. The timber and the size of it, is absolutely incredible, and the furniture it made is absolutely stunning, the Amber is amazing, the 'saw mill set' was brilliant, and so we're all the replication of rooms in guesthouse. Etc. We spent an hour and a... More 

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Jamberoo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

If in the Northlands of New Zealand and in the vicinity of Matakohe, then a visit to this museum is highly recommended, I am sure you will value the experience you will have. This is not the normal museum you would expect looking from the outside, the planning, construction and exhibit layout once inside will amaze you. This museum features... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

It was definitely worth our while stopping to see this attraction. My husband is not a museum type person and we were there for a couple of hours - he loved it. The displays of artifacts crafted from this beautiful wood are extensive and amazing. There are also displays with great detail as to how the wood was harvested. We... More 

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Antwerpen, België
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I would strongly recommend to go and check out a Kauri giant in real life before going to this museum. Once you´ve done that the museum will be even more interesting, as you´ll learn everything you want about this tree. The museum is super interesting not only about the Kauri, but it´ll give you an interesting view on the whole... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Kauri trees covered the landscape when settlers arrived in NZ. They were prized for lumber and for a gum they produced. The kauri museum will give you a full appreciation for the tree, its lifecycle, and the industry that grew up to exploit it. But good as the museum is, it's no substitute for seeing the real thing in the... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Make a specific side trip to see this museum. It provided one impressive gallery after another, Could not believe that such an extensive museum would be found out in the countryside, The drive there was enjoyable and the presentation of the exhibits were first class. If one has an interest in history, particularly of logging, this is the place. It... More 

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