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“An excellent museum, but an indifferent cafe”
Review of The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum
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Story of New Zealand's oldest living resident...
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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Reviewed January 4, 2013

The museum is one of the best local museums in New Zealand. It is worth 3 or 4 hours at least; do as they suggest - go right through to the back and then browse towards the entrance.

Enjoy the first-class interpretation of the locality and its history; appreciate the stories of the many local people who have brought prosperity to the area over the past few centuries. Marvel at the natural wonder that is the Kauri. All of this is a real joy, and a credit to the staff and volunteers who make it all happen.

The museum's cafe over the road - the Gum-Diggers - is the one blot. The place has a strong smell of grease, is sparsely furnished and offers basic fare without distinction. It needs a make-over and better management.

Fortunately, a really good option exists just 50 metres along the road ..... Matakoe House. Lunch there is a very pleasant experience - check it out.

Thank Roy and Sarah C
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Ok, at first I baulked at the admission price of $25 per adult as I was expecting the museum to be a dingey, hastily arranged tacky souvenir shop but I must have to admit I was very impressed. Just when you thought you had seen everything another room popped up and then another and then another. Each one full of history and something to attract the interest of everyone present. After 90 minutes of wonderment I still hadn't viewed all the exhibits. My only suggestion would be to have some of the more exquisit pieces of gum shown seperately in different locations around the museum as I found the gum room and the thousands of pieces could detract from these beautiful examples. All in all I left the museum suitably impressed. Well done to the friendly and welcoming staff.

1  Thank Bigsmilenz
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

If you are heading North it is well worth the time and allow plenty to visit this outstanding venture bought together by the local people. Most importantly it gives an insight into how and why Northland is as it is. With over 3000 kilometers of coastline the Kaipara harbour was essential to the early settlement of the region. The Kauri Museum has recorded that history well but goes even further with to many attractions to list to delight the inquiring mind.

Thank Hugh R
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Very intriguing displays depicting early harvesting of Kauri trees and the more recent recovery of swamp Kauri, trees that have been preserved in perfect condition for thousands of years in swamps. Kauri woodworkers have created gorgeous furniture as well as artistic pieces. Well worth a few hours to see this place.

Thank Gay O
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is an absolutely outstanding display of the Kauri milling industry and related activities, living conditions etc.

Thank Peter M
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