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Ancient Kauri Kingdom

229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
09 406 7172
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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72 reviews 72 reviews
44 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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8 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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524 reviews 524 reviews
266 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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286 reviews 286 reviews
98 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

There are two stops you should make - about 10 km up the road (north) from the Kauri visitor centre there is a small car park signposted Kauri park. A 15 minute walk along a path and boardwalks brings you to the second oldest Kauri in NZ. It is breathtaking - it literally stopped me in my tracks. You can... More

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I stopped here twice (to and from a Cape Reinga on a coach tour). There is a cafe which sells some lovely ice cream, Kauri gifts, handcrafted Kauri furniture, a souvenier shop, a gallery and toilets. Also housed here is a giant Kauri tree turned in to a staircase which is well worth stopping for by it's self. Use the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stopped here on the way to Cape Reinga. There is a good selection of handcrafted wooden furniture, art, crafts and gifts from 30,000 to 50,000 year old Swamp Kauri wood. There is a most unusual and interesting giant ancient Kauri staircase in the Ancient Kauri Kingdom showroom. Strongly recommend to see and learn about kauri trees in the North... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Well worth stopping for a look, and the giant cookies are fantastic also. I almost didn't stop here. Facilities are clean also.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Having travelled both North and South Islands in the summer of 2012-2013, I can confirm this was the #1 highlight for both myself and my travelling companion. In terms of scenic interest it ranked #1 in the North Island, and a close second compared to Milford Sound in the South Island. Most tour buses stop here on their way up... More

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