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The Kauri Museum

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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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A brilliant museum.

This is a very well laid out and informative place. All of our family loved it. Great displays. Quite possibly the best regional museum in New Zealand.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is a very well laid out and informative place. All of our family loved it. Great displays. Quite possibly the best regional museum in New Zealand.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The staff and volunteers are friendly and give excellent customer service. Outstanding display of early settler life and presents the kauri in an inspiring way. Well worth the two hours to look through this huge site and really not far from Auckland. Reasonable admission price.

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Matakohe, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is well worth a visit the history of Northland and New Zealand is stunningly displayed. A visual delight for any age with hands on interactive items included. The whole place is of an extremely high standard. The shop has souvenirs of a high quality and reasonably priced. A must to visit in fact I would say worth going out... More 

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Cleveland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Stopped at Kauri museum to learn more about local history. It is an apparently well-financed museum that is much larger than it appears from outside. Focuses mainly on Kauri tree harvesting in the late 19 and early 20th century with a subemphasis on Kauri Gum. I was intrigued by the lifesized dioramas of victorian new zealand domestic life as well... More 

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Toowoomba
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Its huge for its location. I expected a little out of the way 1 room place as its located in a little town in the middle of nowhere, but its got multiple rooms with interactive displays of machinery and tells the story of Kauri in NZ and Gum mining well. The teenaged kids were kept entertained for a couple of... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is the Agathis Australis or Kauri tree museum and it's certainly worth a visit although it's a little off the main route. There's a lot to see and I suggest you start at the back and work forwards. Interactive displays make for a really interesting show of machines and exhibits. There's lots to see, so allow yourself at least... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

A surprising huge Place, with everything to do with Kauri Wood. The Process of harvest, bringing it to Logs and into Furniture and other things. Showing the Life of people then. Having a Collektion of Kauri Bernstein. One hour isnt enough...2 -3 hours you will need to walk slowly throug and see all. And on the other side of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

this is a huge collection of everything to do with the logging of Kauri trees and the people who did it. Reconstructed buildings, chain saws, furniture made from Kauri wood . It's all here. Beautifully and informatively displayed. Slightly off the main route from Auckland to the North but well worth the detour.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Lovely museum and very informative! We all enjoyed the exhibits and the shear size of the Kauri trees. It is amazing to realize what this forest must have looked like, and the effort it took to harvest one tree. If you see the Kauri trees make an effort to see the museum...that way you will see the inside and out... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

There was nothing to dislike about this museum as far as my wife and I were concerned. We spent three hours here and it went very quickly. It was a great introduction to the history of how kauri trees were used by early settlers.

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