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“A fantastic museum”
Review of The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum
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$19.99*
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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 February 28, 2014

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.

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

We would not have known about the Kauri Museum had we not been visiting friends in the area. It is an incredible treasure trove of the history of the Kauri tree and the pioneer settlers who lived in the area. The museum just keeps offering up surprises such as the displays of the huge kauri logs and the equipment used in the felling and transportation of the logs. There are several wings, and each is a mini museum of its own. We only had a couple of hours to spend there, but we could have stayed much longer. It is truly a New Zealand treasure. Don't miss it if you're anywhere in the area.

Thank judy_collinshamer
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We had planned on visiting this museum because of the kauri trees, but it is much much more than that. It's huge. Full size displays of many aspects of pioneer life. Excellent historical content. A jumbo building including a saw mill, with engines that work. A huge boarding house replica. Kids will be in heaven and won't even realize how much they're learning. Lots of fine old photos and local peoples living history stories. Not cheap but so worth it. A high point of our trip.

Thank Nzack
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

In our 12 day car tour of the north island this museum was an outstanding experience. It is beautifully presented and one can only wonder at the work put in by the creators to produce such a range of fascinating historical items under one roof. Instead of the usual jumble of memorabilia in a regional museum we found carefully set up living spaces faithfully created to represent a range of 19th century occupations, connected to the timber industry. Without this collection, people of today would have little idea of your once glorious kauri forests. The museum also helps to promote the importance of limiting the spread of fungal infections which could gradually kill the much reduced number of existing kauri trees and highlights the damage that has been done by introduced animals such as the Australian possum.

Thank Ruth C
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was an excellent museum with so much to see and touch, I learnt a great deal about the Kauri tree well worth the detour. I have poor vision & therefore was not sure whether it was worth paying the entry if there was too much to read. The receptionist was brilliant and suggested I went in free of charge then if I liked it to give a donation, how helpful is that! I was so impressed by the staff and exhibits that I duly gave a donation. Shame more places are not disability friendly.

Thank Theresa M
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