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The Kauri Museum

5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
+64 9-431 7417
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Story of New Zealand's oldest living resident 'The Kauri Tree'
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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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  • Average2%
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5 Church Road, Matakohe 0593, New Zealand
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+64 9-431 7417
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"new zealand"
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"across the road"
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"couple of hours"
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"on display"
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"stayed longer"
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"we spent hours"
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"entry fee"
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"nice cafe"
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"early days"
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"well worth the visit"
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"amazing collection"
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"magnificent trees"
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"gum diggers"
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"whole family"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Today we visited The Kauri Museum in Matakohe, with family from Australia. To really take advantage of this outstanding museum allow a minimum of 3-4 hours. We didn’t spend as much time there to do it justice, as we had other places to see on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an absolute treat this was. My husband and I really enjoyed walking through this museum. Congratulations to all who are involved with it. It was so informative and interesting.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding museum displaying a great story of the early days of the North & the famous Kauri & Gum & gives a great insight into an iconic part of NZ's history--The displays are outstanding& they layout of the whole area is great---This is a MUST...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is world class. It is so much more than about the amazing Kauri trees - it will give you an understanding of the history and economy which formed the area. It is thoroughly gripping. We stayed 4 hours. The artefacts are truly amazing...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Allow yourself plenty of time to look around this amazing museum. At the very Least three hours. The recreation of the Saw Mill is fantastic, as is the boarding house etc. There is so much to see and learn about the mighty Kauri tree.A lot...More

Thank justright18
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in to Matakohe on our way North via the coast road to the Bay of Islands. Decided to stop at the Cafe in Matakohe and then have a look at the museum. The museum is very good and well presented but on entering the...More

Thank Ian L
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Kaurimuseum, General Manager at The Kauri Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review Ian and we are glad you enjoyed your experience overall. The Kauri Museum is one of a very small number of Museum's in New Zealand that are not funded at either a local council or...More

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Reviewed May 12, 2018

En route from Whangarei to Auckland our driver made a detour to Matakahoe as we had expressed an interest in the Kauri "pine". It is in fact of the Araucariaceae family which includes, Bunya, Norfolk Island, Hoop & Wollemi "pines" aswell as the Monkey Puzzle...More

Thank raffles123
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

If there is one thing that the New Zealanders do as well as anyone in the world it is their museums and the Kauri Museum at Matakohe on the North Island is no exception. Friends in Auckland recommended the visit on our way north to...More

Thank John T
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

We visited this museum about 15 years ago and were most impressed. It has now been upgraded into a museum as good as any in the world, taking into account that it deals specifically in the history and prehistory of kauri, and the kauri industry...More

Thank HK_Sydney2013
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

After a stop in Dargaville that was devastatingly depressing, I wasn't holding out much hope for a museum in an even smaller location. We were more than pleasantly surprised. The museum is detailed and wide ranging. It was awesome being able to explain the workings...More

Thank Mel-Kiwi_NZ
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