We visited the Kauri Museum on our way to the Bay of Islands. The detour was well worthwhile and provided a great insight into how the huge kauri trees were felled and milled in those "early days". The museum also provides an insight into how the early pioneers lived. The museum houses a great collection of working equipment used in the mills and a collection of kauri gum. We spent almost 4 hours in the museum and found that the many exhibits provide something for everyone. We were amazed at the work by mainly volunteers to establish and run the museum which has better exhibits than many in New Zealand's much larger towns and cities. Well done Matakohe.
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