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Ancient Kauri Kingdom

229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
09 406 7172
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Type: Specialty Shops
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Bay of Islands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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58 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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62 helpful votes 62 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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287 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 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
192 helpful votes 192 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
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6 helpful votes 6 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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22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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