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Address: 229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
Phone Number: 09 406 7172
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Wonderful use of buried kauri

Tsunamis have leveled the far north in the past, burying kauri forests. Some of those ancient trees haven't decayed, are retrieved, and used to manufacture works of art. These... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Raelene L
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English first
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Tsunamis have leveled the far north in the past, burying kauri forests. Some of those ancient trees haven't decayed, are retrieved, and used to manufacture works of art. These objects have a wonderful history. I would have enjoyed seeing more wooden bowls, but our son purchased ancient kauri wooden chopsticks for a very reasonable price.

Thank Raelene L
Seabrook, Texas
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We stopped here with a bus tour, but we would have stopped if we were traveling on our own anyway just to see the awesome staircase carved out of a Kauri tree...it is huge and just spectacular! There are also other very large and unique carved pieces that we enjoyed seeing plus the Kauri trees outside. There is a gift... More 

Thank bargainbeven
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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.

Thank Bevan K
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 

Thank lowens311
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375 attraction reviews
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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 

Thank Voyager101Canada
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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 

Thank CBJW
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 

Thank KiwiKerry53
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 

Thank Rachael B
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.

Thank CBWELL889

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