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Ancient Kauri Kingdom

Address: 229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
Phone Number: 09 406 7172
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Type: Specialty Shops, Cultural
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Hesdin, France
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I have visited this place at least 3 times and was sad to notice a real decline. There was no friendly service, in fact it was hard to find anyone around. There has been a drop in the variety and quality of items for sale (but not in price). In the past, I have drooled over the wooden furniture and... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited the showroom and were blown away by the handcrafted exhibits and the work these people are doing. I had previously organised to pick up some timber for making medal boxes. The pieces were beautifully prepared and packaged for me along with certifications of authenticity. Yes it was not an inexpensive purchase, but how many people have items made... More 

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150 reviews 150 reviews
67 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Our tour bus stopped here for an afternoon tea break after we left the Ninety Mile Beach. Apart from the cafe, there is an exhibit of Kauri timber. This included a huge tree trunk with a staircase carved inside it that took you up to the second level of the exhibit area.

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My wife and I had a great experience. Less then a 30 mins to spend and we found a great bowl and then Perky showed us some special items in the backroom. Found another bowl and made a great deal on both. We were in our first week of a 5 week trip and Perky held the items till we... More 

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Bay of Islands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped in on our way to Cape Reinga. We wanted to have morning tea before we drove to the Cape at 11am. Getting service was so slow & choice very limited. It seemed that it was so hard to order a toasted sandwich. We looked around for awhile & my daughter wanted to buy some things from the gift... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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94 reviews 94 reviews
58 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If you just so happen to be driving past and need to stop for a toilet break or a driving break, this may be a decent place to stop. They have a small cafe that serves the usual coffee and snacks. The exhibits and things for sale are pretty expensive so just treat is as a time to rest your... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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139 reviews 139 reviews
13 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Not much to see just a commercial shop really. O K to visit but I wouldn't make a special trip. The kauri staircase was amazing and some good info.

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Guri, South Korea
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324 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

C1 ( 2014.01.08 ) I stopped by there on the road to Cape Reinga. I expected there were many exhibits and goods, but I were wrong. Just expensive souvenir shop and rest area, I think. I recommand there was as rest area when tired to Cape Reinga.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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285 reviews 285 reviews
98 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Coach tours to 90 mile beach stop here and it is a good place to grab a coffee. There are some amazing carvings and the big staircase in the middle is carved out of a massive Kauri stump. If you want to buy Kauri souvenirs you would be better off elsewhere as we saw much lower prices at the Kauri... More 

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New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Two very clear indices for a tourist trap: 1. High prices A heavily promoted maori wood carving that is sold for >$400 at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom was seen for only $250 at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe. It was obviously exactly the same model, same wood, same size and same carving. Yet the price at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom... More 

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