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Address: 229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
Phone Number: 09 406 7172
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Free but nothing to see

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Rikki B
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Prague, Czech Republic
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13 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Thank Kirkstead
Toowoomba, Australia
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Thank TheKernel01
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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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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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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Thank Bevan K
Kansas CIty, MO
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171 reviews
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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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Thank lowens311
Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Our tour guide stopped here for us to peruse through this store. I was amazed by the many wood products. Some were quite expensive, others were more affordable. They had some huge wooden statues. We bought a wooden frame and a bookmark, as a souvenir of New Zealand. All these wooden products come from ancient Kauri woods that are found... More 

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Thank Voyager101Canada
Matamata
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Stopped here as part of the Dune Rider Experience. Was advised to use the spiral staircase cut from an actual log. Would not have known it was there without guidance. Awesome. Someone was very gifted. Was looking for one of their famous Kaledoscopes, but alas they were made overseas with NZ wood, and are no longer available. Lovely pieces of... More 

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