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“Well worth the visit”
Review of The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum
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Private Tour: 5-Day Auckland and Bay of Islands Trip
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Matakohe
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Owner description: 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed November 29, 2011

We would highly recommend visiting the museum. We travelled up the West coast and stumbled upon it. Great to learn about the history of the trees and surrounding area before actually seeing the trees themselves. Need a good 1/2 day to view all the exhibits, but well worth the admission charge of $25 NZ.

Visited October 2011
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“What a wonderful museum”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Normally I don't go for museum butr everyone said how good it was and they were right. It's 1 great museum

Visited December 2010
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best museum in the country!”
Reviewed November 5, 2011

I have visited this museum many times over the past 30 years,(I have lived in the area) it continues to evolve and give great pleasure, as well as information, to all those who visit. Allow HOURS.

Visited November 2011
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A very interesting insight into early New Zealand”
Reviewed October 19, 2011

An exceptionally well laid out and informative museum. The items on display bring to life the work and equipment that was required to be carried out and used in the timber industry. There are some really stunning exhibits on display relating to both Kauri wood and gum. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Visited October 2011
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New Zealand
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“History of Northland in one building”
Reviewed September 17, 2011

Leave plenty of time to explore this amazing attraction. We last visited the Kauri Museum some 20 years ago and it was so good even then that we never forgot going there. This time however, it was a huge step up. They have laid out, in an orderly fashion, the very beginnings of the kauri tree industry, from the time of the Maori, through the immigration of europeans to the staunch people who developed Northland into what it is today. The collection would have to be the best in New Zealand and the kauri gum collection is outstanding. There are helpful staff to answer questions, advise visitors about the region and a wonderful shop and good bathroom facilities. Several good cafe's, with excellent prices are also there, plus heaps of parking, a restored church, school post office and old cemetary add to the history of the region. A top attraction.

Visited September 2011
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