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Ancient Kauri Kingdom

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Address: 229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
Phone Number: 09 406 7172
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Nice ice cream

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
Rachael B
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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272 reviews 272 reviews
102 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
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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20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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65 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Some of the woodwork in this shop is really good. The coffee shop staff were really friendly and the coffee was really nice.

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New Zealand
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31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

What an extraordinary experience to walk inside a 50 tonne staircase inside a massive Kauri log! The engineers and architects of this project deserve a medal. It is indeed a fascinating tour and to see what the gum diggers and loggers did many years ago, was an eye opener! Certainly worth the stop on your way north!

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Hesdin, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Birrong
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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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Sydney
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149 reviews 149 reviews
67 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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