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Address: 5 Church Road, RD 1, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 431 7417
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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   The Kauri Museum tells the story of...


   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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Interesting Museum, not for me

An excellent collection of information, artefacts and displays. The first half of the museum which focuses on the Kauri collection process and products as fascinating. Others... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent collection of information, artefacts and displays. The first half of the museum which focuses on the Kauri collection process and products as fascinating. Others in my group enjoyed this far more than I did and could have spent longer than we ended up spending there, The quilt display/sale in the middle of the museum threw us all off... More 

Thank Tobeconspicuous
Victoria, Australia
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a beautiful building set in the west coast of Northland in Matakohe . Its stunning surrounding scenery make you wonder about the European settlers who cut down the kauri for building and extracted gum from the trees ,inside you will find information on the size of the huge Kauri that even eclipsed the girth of the mighty... More 

Thank David A
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our way to the Bay of Islands we made a detour to travel up Highway 12 to visit this museum. Well worth the trip but a bit pricey. The museum gives an in depth look into the history of logging of the kauri tree in the area. A fascinating room in the basement showcases the resin from the tree... More 

Thank westcoasthiker1
Warragul, Australia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So much history to reflect on, very well presented. A useful plus was the availability of a wheelchair for loan and lifts to access upper floor. Thankyou to very helpful staff.

Thank Sheila A
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me & my partner both enjoyed this museum a lot, different parts interested both of us. The displays had enough information but not so it was overloading, the gum display was beautiful and I really enjoyed learning about the way they used to log the tree's. I would recommend this museum to anyone, it is an important part of NZ... More 

Thank Connie_Hopper
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Kauri museum is a must to see if going to the north island of New Zealand. A very large collection. I found it interesting and informative. I spent two and half hours there, only because we to move on, could have stayed longer.

Thank Christine S
Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I are visiting from the US. She discovered this attraction as she was researching our trip. This is a museum devoted to the early history of Europeans harvesting the Kauri trees in New Zealand. They provide extensive excellent displays of the tools and techniques that were used in the logging operation. They also have some beautiful samples... More 

Thank schota1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

A fantastic museum with a wonderful display of colonial artefacts with a focus on the kauri milling days. Beautifully kept and displayed, it's like stepping back in time and a wonderful accomplimant to a visit to the giant kauri trees up the road at Waipoua.

Thank Bronwyn A
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

First off this museum probably deserves 5 stars but for the slightly steep $25 entry fee. However do not let that put you off as there are so many surprises hidden inside that you will need a few hours here at least. The Kauri theme represents the pioneering history of the north of New Zealand and the exhibits are first... More 

Thank Pablo266
Macclesfield, Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Visited the museum on our way down from Northland, using a discount coupon we had from our hotel, and was surprised at the size of it. Their collection of artefacts and gum collection is amazing and the room containing the carved gum pieces is dazzling in places. The rooms are well laid out with some of the buildings off the... More 

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