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Address: 5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 431 7417
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


   The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty...


   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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An Amazing Shrine to the Native Kauri

This could have been more than I ever wanted to know about the Kauri, but I am glad I learned it. In addition to the museum, the grounds and the old churches and cemetery are well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This could have been more than I ever wanted to know about the Kauri, but I am glad I learned it. In addition to the museum, the grounds and the old churches and cemetery are well with a visit.

Thank yummyrib
Whananaki, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour and museum collections were extremely enlightening. Would recommend this trip to any/all newcomers to NZ.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We had discount voucher and thought we would stop in for a "quick visit". Wow We were there for hours!! With activities for the kids (busy finding hidden items through the museum) left us adults plenty of time to wander through this extensive place. The building is HUGE and offers more than just the history of Kauri in the area.... More 

Thank Cara R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

We loved this place: thought-provoking displays, excellently executed full-size reconstructions of life in a bygone age and examples of the technologies used both in timber extraction, conversion and furniture construction and the amazing kauri gum industry. This gem is a testimony to the vision, dedication and talents of innumerable volunteers who have contributed to a wonderful collection. I think the... More 

Thank Chris P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

We have had the pleasure of visiting this iconic museum many times and always find plenty to look at and talk about. This museum records the history of people and their lives who lived in the local district. Many of the families depicted still live in the area. The gum and saw milling industries are especially well covered with excellent... More 

Thank Glenis G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see. It is one of the best museums in New Zealand. The displays are amazing. Heaps of information to read about it all. The gum room was very interesting. Also the amazing pieces of furniture made from Kauri trees. The staff were very friendly and very informative. It is not expensive well worth the money we... More 

Thank Lynne A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Our second visit. Husband loves timber and saws so he was in heaven. My girls and I enjoyed seeing the boarding house and the interactive displays.

Thank Rose-Anna F
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This is the best museum relating to the history of the kauri timber & gum industry and the people involved. There is an extensive collection of photos of the people, places and activities. The gum was another product from the kauri tree. It was used for numerous purposes and is the subject of another display. A very popular collection is... More 

Thank dstargazer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I was driving from Piha (Auckland) to the Hokianga Harbour area. The Kauri Museum was perfectly located for lunch; the pie at the cafe was excellent. The museum itself is not exactly slick in the way you'd expect of, say, a national museum. It's a local labor of love, obviously created over many years and with astonishing effort to relocate... More 

Thank David M
Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

I visited the museum over 20 years ago and was amazed at the co!!section of Kauri and history then. The museum has had a major facelift and upgrade and is amazing with the information and displays. A must see when traveling the Kauri Coast

Thank Gaylene R

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