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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
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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Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Great museum - I was surprised how much we enjoyed it. We spent quite a lot of time here and looked at everything from the gum collection, to old household items and sawmill equipment. The carvings and woodwork were amazing -as were the Kauri trees in the museum. Our kids (5&10) had a great time exploring the museum too.

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Cumbria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is just fantastic, but all the reviews agree with this. I would like to praise the staff who were all so welcoming. Particularly Tristan, who's quick thinking with an activity book to help my autistic son, turned the day from a potential disaster to a day never to be forgotten. A visit to the Kauri forests without a... More

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dungog
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

we never expected a place as well set out as this place is. we went just expecting to see a bit of history of the wood and forest, but the amount of detail and gear in the place is simply amazing ! we spent 3 hours there and didnt realise it until later. there is just so much to look... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Leave yourself plenty of time to visit this wonderful museum because you will need it. The range of exhibits is extensive, from the pioneer house, original schoolroom, old post office, and lovely but tiny original church, and all the stages of the kauri is amazing. The wax models are very lifelike, and the carved kauri gum is extraordinary. Make this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Possibly the most interesting museum we've ever been to -- if you want to learn about history in NZ and how the pioneers made and living and how ingenious they were... Plus see amazing products made from the Kauri tree, this is a must see. Ask anyone. Plan to spend 2 hours!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 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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On the move
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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170 attraction reviews
446 helpful votes 446 helpful votes
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
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
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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