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Address: 229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
Phone Number: 09 406 7172
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Must see staircase

The staircase carved out of a Kauri tree dug from a swamp is amazing. Kids loved going up and down it. Other art works available for viewing and buying and café onsite.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The staircase carved out of a Kauri tree dug from a swamp is amazing. Kids loved going up and down it. Other art works available for viewing and buying and café onsite.

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Kansas CIty, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We stopped here as part of the Harrison's Cape Runner Tour. It is a neat place to stop at and see the ancient Kauri logs that are carved out front and walk up and down the awesome staircase that they have inside. The place is a bit dated and could certainly "be more than it is," but what it is... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Our tour guide stopped here for us to peruse through this store. I was amazed by the many wood products. Some were quite expensive, others were more affordable. They had some huge wooden statues. We bought a wooden frame and a bookmark, as a souvenir of New Zealand. All these wooden products come from ancient Kauri woods that are found... More 

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Matamata
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Stopped here as part of the Dune Rider Experience. Was advised to use the spiral staircase cut from an actual log. Would not have known it was there without guidance. Awesome. Someone was very gifted. Was looking for one of their famous Kaledoscopes, but alas they were made overseas with NZ wood, and are no longer available. Lovely pieces of... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

An obligatory tour bus stop, the café and what it has to offer is dated and uninspiring. The craft showroom had some beautiful pieces in it, but was overly large and not terribly well presented. Staff were not obvious and there was definitely no high pressure sales happening Carved from an enormous Kauri trunk, the staircase has to be the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This place has an amazing staircase carved out of a tree which is estimated to be 45,000 years old. This is worth the visit, however the rest of the setup is very dated and a bit sad. Looks like it used to be a typical tourist trap but feels like it has fallen off the map. See the tree but... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

This is a standard stop on the coach day tours so don't expect too much. It's basically a showroom for swamp Kauri and Kauri gum artefacts and other touristy knick knacks along with a cafe and an ice cream kiosk. We had the ice cream. Two double scoop cones at a total cost of NZD9.00. Delicious. Friendly although very busy... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This was basically just a shop of quite interesting goods made from kauri. The kauri staircase is pretty amazing. Just plan a short visit to see the staircase and use the toilets. Don't go to the cafe if you can help it. Staff were helpful and kind to our kids.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The shop owners have a captive audience with buses stopping here to wash down after the Cape tour - I observed their service with a foreign couple who were on our bus and was unimpressed with the gruffness and flippant attitude. This was on a spend of almost $400NZD (probably on only $200 worth of goods based on prices!). A... More 

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Kaitaia, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Amaizing feel like papa bear climbing the stairs inside a tree. god place to stop for a breather on your way to the cape.

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