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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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The Kauri Museum is a great experience which deserves plenty of time. We spent a whole morning exploring it and wished we could have stayed longer! Great to know the entry ticket... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Raglan, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The Kauri Museum is a great experience which deserves plenty of time. We spent a whole morning exploring it and wished we could have stayed longer! Great to know the entry ticket is valid for more than one day so on a future visit we could spend more time exploring the area and go back to the museum again the... More 

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Zeist, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

If you are interested is the history of the use of Kauri trees then this is the place to be. Very nice local museum. Realy back in time, nice arragments of objects and good explanations. Very friendly staff. Take your time here, yiou need a couple of hours to watch everything or just half an hour to walk trough. Depence... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Heaps of information and pictures of the kauri trees including all the juicy details of how they chopped them all down! Lots of cool old videos, saws and machinery. Definitely check out the gum room downstairs, there are some amazing carvings!

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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is one of the most impressive museums I have been to - it certainly gives a lot of museums in large cities a run for their money. The entry fee feels high when you start, but well worth it when you realize the amount of time and effort that has gone into making this museum. At every turn there... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

An astounding collection of all things kauri from the machinery and man power that felled the trees, the furniture it was made into and an amazing collection of gum. Completely unexpected to find a museum of this size and quality in the middle of nowhere.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Having visited the Kauri forests, the museum was a great way to see how the timber was used and how it was such a part of the history of New Zealand. You need a few hours to really do the tour around the museum justice. It's a great way to see what life was like in the early days in... More 

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is an awe-inspiring, historic place to visit. Our guide was excellent. The Collection of kauri, antigues, machinery, pioneering settlers & buildings played such an important part of our early kiwi history. The displays are outstanding and incredibly detailed. It has been kept in incredible condition by many local volunteers. It is like visiting a mini village. The massive kauri... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Make sure you allow plenty of time to visit this museum, we spent 3hrs and could have stayed longer. There is something to suit everyone's taste. There is plenty to see and learn about the Kauri but there is also interactive displays of machinery a historical sawmill and a replica guest house, complete with guests. There is also plenty of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is a great museum with a lot of content, not only on the kauri tree but also colonial settlement. You will learn about the full process from felling the trees to processing them and uses in the household. A nice touch is that all of the models are based on actual people who lived and worked in the surrounding... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a wonderful museum with absolutely superb layout of Kauri trees and associated history. You will see and touch ancient Kauri wood going back as far as 30Million years and younger trees just a few thousand years old. The design of this museum is outstanding.... a must visit if you are in Northland and near the Kauri coast

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