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“A lot to see in this unique museum. Don't pass it by.”
Review of The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum
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$20.09*
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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 March 7, 2014

This kauri museum has been extended in size since I was last here. Offers up an insight into the pioneers and the milling of kauri and obtaining gum from the trees - very comprehensive detailed displays and exhibits. A great stop for people travelling up to the Bay of Islands from Auckland via Dargaville and the Hokianga Harbour. There is also an original school with its classroom and a pioneer church. Good refreshments, tea and coffee at the Gumdiggers Tearooms across the road.

Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

You could spend hours here if you really wanted to. So interesting if you like delving back to how things were done years ago. It must have been really tough work and long hours.

Thank Kathleen D
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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.

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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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