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Address: 229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
Phone Number: 09 406 7172
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Under staffed & extremely expensive

Great stuff to see but incredibly difficult to buy anything. We waited, rang the bell and then went to the other side to ask the cafe who was working in the shop. The lady... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2016
Aussie20142014
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Napier, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Great stuff to see but incredibly difficult to buy anything. We waited, rang the bell and then went to the other side to ask the cafe who was working in the shop. The lady explained that staff cuts meant one person was meant to service both sides and three tour buses had come in at the same time. Good to... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

This place is used by the tour buses as a coffee stop on their way north and to clean the coach on the way back. There is a good selection of wooden craft items on sale, but what is worth a look is the large wooden staircase crafted from a single Ancient Kauri stump. The café is OK but nothing... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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38 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

We went here to buy some Kauri gifts for our overseas relatives. The place was packed and there was no staff on the gift counter. There was a sign saying to ring the bell for service. The people at the front of the queue rang the bell and nothing happened. After a while they rang it again and nothing happened.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

This is a local wood workshop with a cafe attached more than a tourist attraction. Although it was interesting to see a large wooden staircase crafted from a single Ancient Kauri stump and a few old images of gum diggers etc, there was little else to see. Not a bad place to stop for a coffee or an icecream on... More 

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Kibworth Beauchamp, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is predominantly a retail outlet - with attached cafe - but does have some interesting pieces of furniture for sale and a magnificent staircase constructed from a single kauri tree trunk. If you have $US2.5m to spare it can be yours.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

dropped by for a coffee which was great and spent some time looking around...well worth the visit give it a go

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Clackamas County, Oregon
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132 reviews
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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.

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Thank Raelene L
Seabrook, Texas
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6 reviews
4 attraction 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 

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Thank bargainbeven
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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.

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Kansas CIty, MO
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219 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
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 

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