The Kauri Museum
The Kauri Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating gum and pioneering past. The Kauri tree is the focal point and theme of this museum, showing the different stages of how this giant wonder fueled industries that sustained communities of the early settlers. The Museum has over 4,500 sq mtrs of undercover attraction, and is a 'Must See'! Visit our heritage Museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest. Visitor Information Centre on site with main focus on the western route of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and Northland. Disabled friendly, lots of free parking spaces available, accommodation and cafes nearby. Location: 5 Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand 0593 Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Open every day except Christmas Day)
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  • jaxcats1
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum!!
    Spent 1/2 a day here and could easily have stayed all day if we had had the time. The Kauri wood is magnificent. The museum is very well laid out, and I believe they are building an extension. I would recommend that you make sure you have plenty of time to explore this beautiful museum.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 2, 2023
  • TerryH
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom1,069 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good museum
    We only had 30 minutes to tour this excellent museum celebrating the iconic tree. Doesn’t sound overly interesting but trust me, it’s very good value for money. Some incredible exhibits on display. Cannot do justice in less than 30 minutes but so glad we visited this museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Place
    This place is amazing, but a bit "marmite", depending on your particular interests. It's about the history of logging kauri trees and digging for their "gum". Great set of photos, artefacts and tableaux. It's a labyrinth of rooms and display areas, one leading from another. Just as you think you've finished your tour, another room opens up. Some areas are excellent and have some huge pieces of machinery, whilst others are more cramped and simply stuffed with items. The arrangement is a bit ra\ndom at times, the collesction eclectic. There's a display of chain-saws! Fascinating history & well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Karen W
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating place
    Such an amazing museum! I’m not normally a museum person but this was so interesting and so well curated and presented. So many different rooms to explore! It was wonderful to learn about the magnificent Kauri trees but sad to learn how few there are left. Well worth a visit even though it’s a bit off the beaten track
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Emma2605
    Gympie, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely don’t miss this!
    This place is fantastic! We day tripped from Auckland to visit the museum with our 3 children (12,10 & 4) and had a fantastic day. One of the best museums in the world that I’ve visited. So much to see, wonderful history, very informative and a must see. The ladies at the front counter were lovely and the toilets were clean. We spent about 4 hours there and we all enjoyed it
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Alastair B
    Hamilton, New Zealand128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    The museum is amazing - a real education on settler experiences in the area including kauri forest and how life changes with technology. Our 6yo daughter loved the new entry experience and the scavenger hunt. We will definitely stop in again, and recommend that you make time for a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 16, 2024
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allynz
Auckland Central, New Zealand188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
After a great pie and milkshake at Gumdiggers cafe over the road we suffered a bit of sticker shock when entering the museum. At $55 for two adults and a child we were a bit taken aback but we had heard good things and wanted to do our bit to support NZ tourism in this Covid era. We were not disappointed - super impressive place that has taken alot of time and care to pull together. Complete with a full re-build of a boarding house - indoors, massive kauri and milling exhibits and heaps of period exhibits there is alot to see. A quite hard treasure hunt kept our son, amused and it was a great conversation starter with the other families visiting at the time. Definitely worth the stop but make sure you allow a good hour or two for the visit.
Written September 30, 2020
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KuimiriaA
Wellington, New Zealand59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
This museum is great value for money. There are so many different galleries that cover the mighty kauri tree, Kauri gum and gum diggers, early life in Matakohe and the people, taonga, Kauri gum art and the many uses of the Kauri timber.
This is real value for money as you can spend all day exploring, watching videos and reading inscriptions and stories scattered right throughout the museum.
This is a must see....
Written September 13, 2020
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cyclosportif
Chevreuse, France21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Very comprehensive and large museum on the Kauri trees. Presentation of the history of logging with a lot of old equipments. Displays on how people were living at the beginning of the 20th century when Kauri trees were logged. Large presentation of furniture. History of gumdiggers.
It is so interesting and so large that you can spend more than three hours in the museum.
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you for your great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written February 3, 2020
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njp67
Taupo, New Zealand262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed the variety of displays - not just timber. Great being able to see how people lived during that period. Also great that the displays were so interactive and not everything was shut off behind barriers. Spent 1.5 hours there - cost of entry is $25 per person
Written February 23, 2021
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kerry n
Wellington, New Zealand41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We did not plan to stop here, but touring Northland we were keen to just spontaneously stop off. It was definitely worth it and I would highly recommend a visit here. It did cost $25 per person, and I did hear them give a discount to a group. This place was really unexpected. It's a bit ho-hum when you first walk in, but it was like a tardis and you get drawn further and further in to a 4000 sqm museum. There is a two story house and saw mill inside! There is so much to see, learn and hear. The corridor that linked the front entrance to the exhibition of yester-year had me reminiscing about my nana's old home. It was pretty cool. If you have time - and I would recommend a couple of hours at least (though you could do it in less, you'd be running!) then make this a stop on your northland journey. We stopped here before visting Tane Mahuta which helped appreciate the Northland forestry even more.
Written April 16, 2022
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Gay G
Auckland, New Zealand116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Stunning museum. We had from 4yr old to 74 yr old with us and everyone was enthralled with the displays and the extensive information. Wonderful display of polishing the kauri gum for the children and each child came away with the equipment to do polishing on their own with a kauri gum price. Well worth the visit to the Museum and the surrounding historic buildings
Written January 12, 2022
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Grandvisitor
Whitianga, New Zealand311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This museum was recommended by friends who had recently visited. We visited on their recommendation, not really being a museum person. So pleased we went, this is a very complete history of the " Kauri Days" up north. We ended up spending two hours here. Thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is nearby to make the effort to see this magnificent display.
Written August 18, 2020
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Thank you for you review. So pleased you had a great experience.
Written August 23, 2020
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Dawn L
Waitara, New Zealand26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We visited this museum 25 years ago with 3 teenage children (who still remember the visit). We hadn't really intended to go back again but had some time to fill in - the time was really well filled in. The museum has doubled in size and still has the great things from 25yrs ago but so much more, including a boarding house built inside the museum. It has been made out of recycled timber and other bits from around the district and looks really authentic. We were fascinated by it.
Although we had already seen the collection of kauri gum it was still great to see it again - it is beautiful.
Really recommend it
Written March 31, 2021
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Andrew H
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The Kauri museum was our first stop after arriving in New Zealand. It has so much to explore, read, and listen to and is great value for money. You will be blown away by the size, detail and magnitude of the displays. I'd visited previously and made sure I took mum and her husband this time and they loved it.
Written June 9, 2022
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HelenOberg
Brisbane, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
An absolutely stunning and comprehensive display of kauri tree logging and milling. Room displays of early pioneering life are excellent too. Furniture displays showed off a high standard of craftsmanship. Staff are friendly and gave excellent advice on how to progress through the museum. Allow at least 3 hours to view it all.
Written February 9, 2020
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Many thanks for you kind review. So pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written February 24, 2020
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